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WASHINGTON Aug 4 Iran faces more punitive
measures, including sanctions, if it does not respond
positively to an offer by major powers to rein in its nuclear
program in exchange for incentives, the U.S. State Department
said on Monday.
"We agreed in the absence of a clear, positive response
from Iran that we have no choice but to pursue further measures
against Iran as part of this strategy," department spokesman
Gonzalo Gallegos told reporters.
Major powers -- the United States, Russia, China, France,
Britain and Germany -- laid down an informal deadline to Iran
of two weeks, which expired over the weekend, to respond to an
offer of trade and technical incentives to halt enrichment.
"Iran has a clear choice of engagement or isolation,"
He said Washington was disappointed Tehran had not yet
responded formally to the offer but he said EU foreign policy
chief Javier Solana had been promised by Iran's nuclear
negotiator Saeed Jalili that a written reply would be made by
Gallegos said the package of incentives contained
"everything" Iran needed to pursue a modern, civilian nuclear
power program. Major powers suspect Iran's current nuclear
program is aimed at building an atomic bomb while Iran says it
is for peaceful power purposes.
"The pressure on Iran to comply with the demands of the
international community and its UNSC (U.N. Security Council)
obligations will only grow," Gallegos said.
The United Nations has imposed three sets of sanctions
against Iran in a standoff over its nuclear program and U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned of more punitive
measures if Iran does not curb its nuclear program.
Washington broke with its usual isolation policy toward
Tehran and attended a meeting with Iran's nuclear negotiator in
Geneva last month at which the two-week deadline was made over