Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Treaty Room, Department of State, Washington, DC
June 5, 2008
QUESTION: Madame Secretary, what do you expect Turkey to do — increase pressure on Iran beyond the UN sanctions?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, there is a course set, first by the six states that have been actively seeking a solution to the Iranian nuclear problem… And that course is a dual-track approach by which Iran has been offered very generous incentives to get out of the business of enriching and reprocessing, and to accept the world’s help for a civil nuclear program…
I think one thing that we can do is we can all insist that the Iranian Government tell the truth to the world and to its people about what it’s been doing, about cooperating with the IAEA, but also in telling the truth about what it’s been offered… So, one track is a set of very generous incentives, trade and political and others.
The other track, though, is through the Security Council. And there are now three Security Council resolutions that speak directly to what Iran must do and all member states. And Turkey, of course, is a member in good standing of the United Nations. All member states have an obligation to carry out the terms of those resolutions and to use whatever offices they have with the Iranians to insist that the Iranians carry out the obligations that the UN Security Council has imposed.
QUESTION: Minister Babacan, what role Turkey could play to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program?
FOREIGN MINISTER BABACAN: Well, Turkey and Iran, we are also neighbors and we have dialogue with them. On the other hand, we are against nuclear weapons in our region. We do support the recent initiative of the six countries, including the United States, to come up with a new offer package for Iran. We are supporting this. And we believe that political dialogue could help to resolve the issue about nuclear program of Iran. Turkey is implementing the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. As long as the international community has one unified stance, Turkey is also implementing those decisions.
h/t: Cem Ertür
Statement on U.S.-Turkey Agreement for Nuclear Cooperation (123 Agreement)
(Pact permits transfer of nuclear technology, material and reactors)
Statement by Sean McCormack, US State Department Spokesman, 2 June 2008
“On June 2, the U.S. and Turkey brought into force the U.S.-Turkey Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy through an exchange of diplomatic notes.
The Agreement provides a comprehensive framework for peaceful nuclear cooperation between the United States and Turkey under agreed nonproliferation conditions and controls.”
h/t: Cem Ertür
President Bush Nominates the Next Ambassador to Turkey
(excerpt from ‘Personnel Announcement’)
The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 5 June 2008
The President [George Bush] intends to nominate James Franklin Jeffrey, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Turkey. Ambassador Jeffrey, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor at the White House. Prior to this, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
h/t: Cem Ertür
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