U.S. says Iran still has time to abide by international obligations

There is still time for Iran to make the decision to abide by its international obligations, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday.

Carney responded to questions about a recent report released by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency during his daily press briefing. The report said that Iran recently increased its capacity to refine uranium by installing hundreds of additional centrifuges. Carney said the U.S. was in the process of reviewing the report.

"I can tell you that I don't have more specific information on that except to say that we're reviewing the IAEA director general's report and we will discuss how best to respond to it with other members of the board," Carney said. "But we're currently reviewing the report. It is just released, as you said."

Carney said that the U.S. will continue to hold Iran accountable for its refusal to abide by international commitments with regards to nuclear ambitions. The U.S. has placed stringent sanctions on Iran, which have had a dramatic impact on the Middle Eastern country.

Carney said that Iran still has time to make the right decision in this matter.

"We believe, and we are engaged in a process that we know that there is still time for Iran to make this decision to choose to abide by its international obligations," Carney said. "And we are working with the P5-plus-1, which put forward a substantial offer in Almaty to bring that about. And now it's up to the Iranians to respond substantively to that proposal and to address the international community's concerns about the nature of its nuclear program."