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US continues to push other nations to cut Iran oil imports

US asks countries to "sacrifice" oil consumption to exert more pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear programme.

twitter-logoPTI | March 10, 2012 | Updated 15:10 IST

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that US was helping South Korea and other nations look for new energy sources to wean themselves from Iranian oil to put more pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear programme.

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"We're not only talking with our friends like the Republic of Korea, but also (with) oil producing partners about boosting production to shore up price stability and offer alternative avenues of supply," Clinton told reporters at a joint media availability with the South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan.

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"I would be the first to say we recognise the difficult decisions and even the sacrifices that we are asking from other countries in order to increase this pressure on Iran. Reining in a dangerous government is not easy. That's why we are so closely cooperating with respect to our approach toward North Korea, but also with our unified international approach toward Iran," she said in response to a question.

Clinton said the US is deeply gratified by the support that it is receiving from South Korea in building a global coalition to pressure Iran to change course.

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In that context, she said, the US have been working very closely with the Republic of Korea on ways that it can look for alternatives to Iranian oil and oil products.

"Our goal is simple. We want the Iranian regime to feel the full weight of the international community from these measures and to demonstrate unequivocally to them that the world is united against their efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. No country understands the threat of nuclear weapons from a neighbor better than the Republic of Korea," Clinton said.

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