Condoleezza Rice says she's confident of support for pressure on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday she was confident the United States would eventually get strong backing from other U.N. Security Council members to pressure Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Diplomats said Monday that Russia and China have refused to sign on to a unified set of demands to Tehran, raising the threat of an impasse that could mean the U.S., Britain and France may not quickly win the strong action they seek from the U.N. body.

"I intend to let the diplomacy continue for awhile before we determine what the outcome is going to be," Rice said during a visit to the Indonesian capital.

The Security Council was beginning its discussion of the Iran case later Tuesday. The United States began pushing for that review more than two years ago, and has gradually won converts in Europe , Asia and elsewhere.

"I'm quite certain that we'll find the appropriate vehicle for expressing the international community's solidarity," Rice said.

The United States and its allies say Tehran is hiding ambitions for a nuclear weapon behind a legitimate program to develop nuclear energy. Iran denies it , reports the AP.


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