Obama says G8 in agreement on Iran nuclear program
U.S. President says eight major economies committed to continued sanctions on Islamic Republic coupled with diplomatic discussions.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that leaders of the Group of Eight major economies are committed to continuing the current approach of sanctions, pressure and diplomatic discussions with Iran over its nuclear program.
"All of us are firmly committed to continuing with the approach of sanctions and pressure in combination with diplomatic discussions," he told reporters at the G8 meeting at the presidential retreat in Camp David. "And our hope is that we can resolve this issue in a peaceful fashion that respects Iran's sovereignty and its rights in the international community, but also recognizes its responsibilities," he said.
On Friday, G8 leaders agreed in their initial discussions at Camp David that Iran needs to disclose more about its nuclear ambitions and that it was time to focus on a political transition in Syria.
The leaders, including newly elected French President Francois Hollande and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, also stressed North Korea needed to adhere to international norms on nuclear issues and said it would face more isolation if it "continues down the path of provocation," the official said.
The Friday evening dinner, hosted by Obama, was the first opportunity for the G8 leaders to discuss global security concerns. They will talk about the euro zone crisis and other economic issues, including oil market pressures at the summit on Saturday.
The U.S. official described "a sense of optimism" about conditions in Myanmar, and said the leaders gathered at Camp David, in the Maryland countryside, pledged to cooperate on providing aid to the former Burma.
The Camp David summit comes days before the next round of Iran talks, to be held in Baghdad. The G8 leaders "affirmed the importance of having a uniform effort in approaching those Baghdad talks next week," the U.S. official said.
A U.S. official said on Friday that the G8 leaders had agreed that Iran needs to disclose more about its nuclear ambitions.