JERUSALEM - The US will use "all elements of American power" to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"We will use all elements of American power to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon," she said in reference to Tehran's disputed nuclear program, which Washington and much of the West believes is a cover for a weapons drive.
Her remarks, which carried an implied threat of military action — a course of action never ruled out by Washington — came just days after the US imposed a wave of fresh sanctions on Iran targeting companies tied to Tehran's procurement, petroleum, and shipping networks.
And she accused the Islamic Republic of presenting unworkable proposals in its talks with the P5+1 world powers.
"I made very clear that the proposals we have seen thus far from Iran within the P5+1 negotiations are non-starters," she said of the latest round of talks, which took place in Istanbul earlier this month.
"Despite three rounds of talks it appears that Iran has yet to make the strategic decision to address the international community's concerns and fulfil its obligations."