JEDDAH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia believes more sanctions and military threats will not stop Irans nuclear programme and wants Washington to put more effort into negotiations, including an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, experts and Saudi officials said on Tuesday. After talks with US counterpart Hillary Clinton on late Monday, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal criticised Washingtons push for more economic and political sanctions on Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons drive as too slow to work. Sanctions are a long-term solution, Saud said. We see the issue in the shorter term because we are closer to the threat ... We need an immediate resolution. While some took Sauds comments as a veiled endorsement of an attack by US or Israeli forces on Irans nuclear facilities, officials and analysts said that was not the case. Instead, they said Riyadh wants a diplomatic solution to the problem which it believes can come sooner than sanctions would force. There is no point in our spending all our time on sanctions which will not have an effect in the short term. We need something more tangible, a Saudi foreign policy official told AFP Tuesday. A military strike, we still believe, will be very counterproductive, he said, asking not to be identified. We need to do something on Israel and the Palestinians ... For instance, the US could get Israel to halt (Jewish) settlements on the occupied West Bank, the official said. Sauds remarks also reflect a deep disappointment in the Obama Administrations efforts to prod Israel into peace negotiations, according to analysts. There is a credibility issue with the US Administration on promises it cannot fulfil, the Saudi official said. That credibility gap extends now to the course of US policy towards Iran, he added. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged on Tuesday to use whatever methods and influence it has with both Israelis and Palestinians to achieve peace, saying the time has come for a settlement. We are absolutely committed to do everything we can to get both sides into negotiations and get those negotiations to a successful conclusion, she told students at a womens college in Jeddah. In response to a question about what pressure Washington can put on ally Israel for a settlement, she recalled how her husband and former president Bill Clinton experienced disappointments as he worked hard for peace. But it is my strong conviction that the time has come for us to reconcile the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for an independent, viable state along the 1967 borders and Israels right to security inside its borders, she said. We are working very very hard on this, she added. Both the Palestinians and Israelis have to want to do this. Nobody, even the United States, can want this more than the parties themselves, can force someone to take an agreement they will not honour, she added. An agreement that should be reached between the Palestinians and Israelis must include borders, security, refugees, and Jerusalem, and Jerusalem must be available to all people of the three great faiths of the covenant, she said. The audience at Dar el-Hekma College, an elite college for woman, gave Clinton loud applause.