GATINEAU, Quebec – Diplomats from the world’s leading economies say Iran’s recent actions deepen the doubts that its nuclear program is aimed at anything other than building a bomb, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Tuesday that world powers will agree on a new round of U.N. sanctions.
The main audience for the tough talk seems to be countries not represented among the exclusive Group of Eight economic club: China and countries like Turkey and Brazil that have not been on board with sanctions.
Closing a conference of foreign ministers from the G-8 industrialized nations, Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said it is time to act.
Clinton said the nations meeting in Canada see a growing alarm around the world about the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Clinton pointed to a string of disclosures over more than a year about the nature and extent of Iran’s once-secret nuclear program.