Clinton Threatens Sanctions If Iran Won't Come to Table

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 22, 2009 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton said today that the US is “laying the groundwork” for sanctions against Iran if it doesn’t participate in nuclear talks, the BBC reports. The secretary of State said a rebuff of US overtures or continued enrichment would lead to a “very tough” response. Iran is engaged in discussions with other nations and has continued to enrich uranium despite UN sanctions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz.   (AP Photo)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today.   (AP Photo)
The Bushehr nuclear power plant near the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr.
The Bushehr nuclear power plant near the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr.   (AP Photo)
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