Rice says US could pressure Iran outside UN
By Vicki Allen
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned on Sunday the United States might take steps outside the U.N. Security Council to pressure Iran to stop its nuclear program.
Rice, who appeared on several Sunday television talk shows, said Washington still had a number of diplomatic steps it could take through the U.N. Security Council against Iran. However, if the Council did not act quickly enough, Washington and its allies would not wait.
“I absolutely believe that we have a lot of diplomatic arrows in our quiver at the Security Council and also like-minded states that would be able and willing to look at additional measures if the Security Council does not move quickly enough,” Rice said on the CBS show Face the Nation.
Rice accused Iran of “playing games” with the international community, saying Tehran had had plenty of time to comply with earlier demands to halt its program.