شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۲:۴۹ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
A senior State Department official says the United States welcomes European efforts to convince Iran to abandon its controversial nuclear activities, but will set a high bar to verify Iran's compliance. Nicholas Burns, the State Department's undersecretary for political affairs told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the U.S. appreciated the "patient, principled diplomacy" by EU members France, Germany and Britain in negotiating with Iran. But he said that the bar for Iran's compliance "must be set very high" because of what he called Iran's "history of deception" in concealing its nuclear program.
The United States believes Iran is secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is aimed only at generating electricity.
Burns' comments came ahead of talks between Iran and the three EU members set for next week.