White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Briefing on Recent IAEA Report on Iran (Excerpts)

February 20, 2009

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Q: U.N. officials acknowledged yesterday that they believe that Iran has developed enough enriched uranium for one nuclear weapon. What is the administration's reaction to that? And what are implications for this as he puts together this plan of engaging Iran?

MR. GIBBS: Well, Major, I think that the report represents another lost opportunity for Iran as it continues to renege on its international obligations.

Absent compliance, the international community cannot have confidence that this program is exclusively of a peaceful nature. It does underscore the urgency with which the international community must work together to address these enrichment activities. The review of our policy continues. But --

Q: Does it slow it down or change its trajectory in any way?

MR. GIBBS: I don't believe it does. I think that this White House understands that working with our allies that this is an urgent problem that has to be addressed, and that we can't delay addressing.

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Q: On this IAEA report, does it preclude the possibility of Iran using a dirty bomb? Does Iran have that capability now?

MR. GIBBS: I have not read the full report on that and what that might mean.

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