Press Conference with White House Deputy Spokesman Trent Duffy (Excerpts)

August 8, 2005

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Q Will the United States recommend sanctions against Iran, now that they've started up again the uranium activities?

MR. DUFFY: I saw those news reports prior to taking off. As you know, the EU3 has made a proposal to Iran about this, and that the EU3 has made it clear that should this, in fact, be taking place, that it would be something that would be addressed at the IAEA Board of Governors, which is scheduled to start tomorrow. And that's what I have for you at this point.

The United States fully supports, as you know, the efforts of the EU3 in their negotiations with Iran about Iran's enrichment activities.

Q Are you troubled at all by their resumption, or you just - you don't know that for a fact?

MR. DUFFY: We've seen the news reports, and we'll have more to say later, obviously. I'd urge you to talk with the State Department when we get on the ground. But our position about that is well known, and we fully support the EU's efforts.

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