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07/21/08

Rice: Iran 'Not Serious' at Nuclear Talks

By VOA News

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iran was not being serious at nuclear talks in Geneva.

Rice, who spoke to reporters while on her way to the United Arab Emirates, said Iran used stalling tactics and made "small talk" during Saturday's nuclear talks with world powers.

She said Iran must give a "serious answer" within two weeks to an incentive package offered in exchange for the suspension of sensitive nuclear activities. Rice said Iran faces more sanctions if it does not cooperate.

On Sunday, U.S. military chief Admiral Mike Mullen said he was encouraged by the nuclear talks, which involved officials from Iran, the European Union and, for the first time, a senior U.S. envoy - Undersecretary of State William Burns. Admiral Mullen told a U.S. network that a few weeks ago, he would not have thought such talks were possible.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad welcomed Saturday's nuclear talks as a step forward. Iranian and EU negotiators agreed to meet again in two weeks.

On Saturday, Iran again ruled out suspending its uranium enrichment program - a key demand of Western powers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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