U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, shoring up support in the Middle East for a hard line against Iran, said “evidence is accumulating” of that nation’s intention to produce nuclear weapons.

The world has “little choice but to impose greater costs” on Iran to force it to rein in its nuclear program, Clinton said last night in remarks to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. She said the U.S. is working with allies “to prepare and implement new measures to convince Iran” to reconsider.

Clinton is visiting Qatar and Saudi Arabia to build support for pressuring Iran and for urging Palestinians to return to peace talks with Israel. Clinton also used her speech to address concerns in the region that the U.S. has not done enough to make good on President Barack Obama’s promise of improved relations with the Muslim world. Bloomberg

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