White House says Iran must choose to make anti-nuclear stance

While time remains for Iran to choose to forego its nuclear program and join the international community, time is running out, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

Carney made the statement on Tuesday as part of his daily press briefing. Carney responded to questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent statement that there is no doubt about the peaceful intention of Iran's nuclear program. Carney said the U.S. has not changed its views on the matter.

"Our views haven't changed," Carney said. "I'm not aware of the comments by the Russian President that you just relayed to me, but I would say that Iran has failed to live up to its obligations under international law, to prove that its pursuit of nuclear technology is for peaceful means. There is ample evidence to the contrary."

Carney said the U.S. is engaged in a process with its allies to try to change Iran's behavior. Significant U.S. and U.N. sanctions against Iran are a part of the process.

"As part of that process, we have instituted the most stringent and broad sanctions regime in the history of the world," Carney said. "And that is both unilaterally and with our allies, and through the United Nations and through different means."

Carney said Iran still has time to denuclearize and join the international community, but he pointed out that Iran will need to make the choice eventually.

"We have said that there remains time for Iran to choose a path of engaging with the international community and abandoning its nuclear weapons ambitions, but that that time is not unlimited," Carney said. "And we obviously monitor the situation very closely with our allies."