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White House: Resumption of nuclear activities would violate Iran's commitments

The United States expects Iran to abide by its commitments to suspend uranium enrichments and reprocessing activities, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said July 28 in response to reports that Iran plans to resume work on its nuclear fuel cycle.

McClellan said if Iran restarts its nuclear activities, "they would be violating the commitment they made under the Paris agreement with the Europeans."

The press secretary said the Bush administration will continue to support the efforts of France, the United Kingdom and Germany, collectively known as the EU-3, to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear program, which the United States believes could lead to the development of nuclear weapons.

"[I]f Iran is going to violate their agreements, then we would obviously be looking at discussing with our Europeans, who have also committed to doing so, looking at going to the [U.N.] Security Council," McClellan said.

The Iranian government, he said, "has a history of hiding their nuclear activities from the international community," and therefore it is important to have "some confidence-building measures or objective guarantees in place so that they show the international community that their nuclear program is not being used to develop weapons or that they're not developing weapons under the cover of a civilian program."

Asked about the U.S. investigation into incoming Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's role in the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis, McClellan said Ahmadinejad was one of the leaders of the student movement that organized the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took American diplomats hostage, but added, "We don't know whether he's explicitly one of the hostage-takers."

"[W]e're continuing to look into it," he said.

However, the press secretary added that the possibility that Ahmadinejad played a direct role in the holding of American diplomats should not be "a surprise to anyone, given the nature of the regime in Iran."

Iran continues to be a state sponsor of terrorism, he said, and the hostage crisis "was certainly a violation of international laws and obligations."

"[W]e will all always remember that time period," he said.

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