PHNOM PENH (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged South-east Asian nations to help keep up pressure on Iran and end a diplomatic stalemate over talks on its suspect nuclear program.
The United States viewed regional body Asean 'as a partner in the broad international effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons', Mrs Clinton told a meeting of East Asian nations in Cambodia, according to the text of a speech released to the media.
'The best way to achieve the diplomatic solution we all seek is for the international community to stay united and to keep up the pressure that has brought Iran back to the negotiating table,' she said.
World powers have been pushing Tehran to abandon its enrichment of uranium, accusing the Islamic republic of trying to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran denies the accusations saying its nuclear programme is for civilian use only.