He was asked if the tough talk over the weekend by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might be enough to put diplomacy on hold.他在被问到伊朗总统艾哈迈迪内贾德周末的强硬言论是否足以将外交手段暂时搁置起来时说
put on hold 暂时搁置
I could put the marriage on hold since I was going to help people and travel.
The election dispute in Iran is dominating headlines as American troops near a deadline for pulling out of major cities in neighboring Iraq.随着美国军队越来越接近撤出伊拉克主要城镇的最后期限，伊朗选举引发的争议继续是新闻的主要内容。
pull out of 从...中撤退，退出
I shall have to pull out of the team because of my hurt ankle.
The top U.S. commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno told the Fox News Sunday television program that Iraqis are keeping a close watch on events across the border.美国驻伊拉克最高指挥官雷.奥迪尔诺将军星期天在福克斯电视节目上说，伊拉克人正在密切注视边界另一侧事态的进展。
keep a close watch on 密切注视
The police kept a close watch on the offenders.