Clinton: Sanctions buy time

Sanctions have set back Iran’s nuclear program, giving major powers more time to persuade Tehran to change tack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

ABU DHABI – Sanctions have set back Iran’s nuclear program, giving major powers more time to persuade Tehran to change tack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

“The most recent analysis is that the sanctions have been working. They have made it much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambition,” Clinton said.

“The real question is: How do we convince Iran that pursuing nuclear weapons will not make it safer and stronger but just the opposite? ... We have time, but not a lot of time.”