Obama: Iran Must Now Match Talk With Deeds

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 1, 2009 2:55 PM CDT
President Obama discusses Iran today.   (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President Obama today called landmark international talks with Iran on its nuclear program "a constructive beginning" but said Iran must match its promises of cooperation with deeds. Now that Iran has agreed to open its newly disclosed facility to international inspectors, it "must grant unfettered access" to those inspectors within two weeks, he said.

"Talk is no substitute for action," Obama said at the White House after talks ended earlier in the day in Switzerland. "Our patience is not unlimited." If Tehran follows through with concrete steps, "there is a path to a better relationship" with the US and the international community." Iran's promise during the talks to transfer some of its low-enriched uranium to another country for processing is an example of such a step, he said.