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Mar 22, 2010 11:13 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Clinton: US wants biting sanctions on Iran

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is vowing that the Obama administration will not accept a nuclear armed Iran and is now working on sanctions "that will bite" to press it to come clean about its suspect atomic program.

In remarks prepared for delivery in a speech to a pro-Israel group later Monday, Clinton said parts of Iran's government had become a menace to the Iranian people and the region. She says Iran must be shown there are "real consequences" for refusing to prove its nuclear activities are peaceful.

Clinton says if Iran developed a nuclear weapon, it would embolden terrorists and spark an arms race that would destabilize the Middle East. She says the building support for new U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran is taking time but was worth the effort.

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