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Obama: Iran Must Prove Peaceful Nuclear Aims or Face Consequences

By VOA News

U.S. President Barack Obama says Iran will face consequences if it fails to show its nuclear program is peaceful and transparent.

President Obama told reporters in Beijing Tuesday that the U.S and China agree that Iran must provide assurance of its peaceful intentions to the international community.

China and the U.S. are among six world powers (known as the P5+1) seeking a negotiated end to Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility south of Tehran

Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes

Mr. Obama said Sunday that Iran is running out of time to respond to a U.N.-backed proposal to ship its low-enriched uranium to Russia for further processing.

Indian media reports quote Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying Tehran would take a positive view of the plan as long as the uranium swap happens inside Iran.

Mr. Mottaki was quoted as saying Iran is not willing to send its own nuclear fuel out of the country before receiving the fuel for its Tehran nuclear reactor.

The United Nations nuclear agency says it is concerned Iran may still be hiding facilities and details related to its nuclear program.

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report Monday said Iran's delayed disclosure of the uranium processing plant near the city of Qom raises questions about the possibility of other undisclosed activities.

Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, but Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.

The U.N. Security Council has already imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop its enrichment activities.

On Tuesday, Iran temporarily boosted its gasoline production to show the West it can cope with sanctions targeting its fuel imports. Iran's oil minister said the move to raise output by 14 million liters a day aims to show Western powers that they cannot use fuel sanctions as a tool against the Islamic republic.

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

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