Asked about Iran, the PMOS said that the important thing about Iran at this stage was that Iran’s obligation was spelled out very clearly. We needed to know whether Iran was or was not going to meet its obligations. The other important thing was that through the processes of the UN there was a consensus building about what we should do. That was where we should keep the focus. He was not going to provide a commentary on where we were on that process. That was best done in New York. Asked what the Prime Minister meant by the statement that change needed to take place in Iran, the PMOS said that in terms of where President Bush was, he had stated his position last night when he had said that he was fully engaged in the diplomatic process. There was no difference between us and the Americans on that front whatsoever. In terms of change, that would come through showing that democracy worked, that was why Iraq was important. If you could show that Sunnis, Kurds and Shia could work together for the national government and improve the lot of Iraqis, then the fashionable pessimist, who said that this was not possible would be proved wrong. Those who said that democracy, wasn’t possible in the Middle East would be proved wrong. That would create its own momentum.
Asked about negotiations with Iran, the PMOS said that what was important that we did whatever was best to continue to build the consensus we needed to put the maximum pressure on Iran. That process had been successful to date and we would continue with that process. The important thing was that Iran knew that it was isolated in the international community, that no one believed that it was living up to its obligations.
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