April 19th, 2012
04:55 PM ET

Clinton: U.S. and allies looking for "action" from Iran

With the first round of talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program largely seen as being “positive,” the United States and its allies are “getting down to testing whether there is a willingness” by Iran to seriously negotiate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an exclusive interview on the ‘Situation Room.’

“I believe in very clear action for action,” Clinton said about judging the volume of concessions Iran may or may not offer in the next round of talks.

And while U.S. military against Iran is not at the forefront of options, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he has no doubt about the success of any war plan drawn up by the U.S. military for Iran.

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  1. pride_iran

    TEHRAN – The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran will not negotiate with the major powers over its inalienable rights.

    Ambassador Mohammad Khazaii made the remarks during an interview with the Washington-based radio network NPR on February 9.

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to engage in negotiations with the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany), but it will not negotiate over its inalienable rights, Khazaii stated.

    Furthermore, Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran is not after acquiring military atomic technology but resolute to continue with its nuclear energy program.

    We “will never, ever suspend our activities, including [uranium] enrichment,” he added.
    IT IS THE INALIENABLE RIGHT OF EVERY SOVEREIGN STATE IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING IRAN AS STATED IN NPT TO ENRICH URANIUM.
    Iran is determined to continue nuclear energy program, US sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities have been ineffective.

    He also said that Tehran will send a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the six major powers in nuclear negotiations with Iran.

    Iran is ready to hold serious talks without preconditions, he added.

    IRAN WILL REFUSE A BILETERAL MEETING WITH US DUE TO NO-DIPLOMATIC-RELATIONSHIP, SANCTIONS, US RHETORICS TO BOMB IRAN AND FLORIDA, AFGHANISTAN QURAN BURNINGS.

    But those who think that Iran will change its logical and principled policy under the pressure of sanctions, threats are mistaken, Khazaii said, adding that the Islamic Republic has never made concessions on its absolute rights.

    April 21, 2012 at 5:18 am | Reply
  2. pride_iran

    Article IV of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
    1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

    2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.

    Article X. Establishes the right to withdraw from the Treaty giving 3 months' notice. It also establishes the duration of the Treaty (25 years before 1995 Extension Initiative).

    UN CHARTER VII ARTICLE 51:
    Provides for the right of countries to engage in military action in self-defense, including collective self-defense (i.e. under an alliance) FOR IRAN TO RETALIATE WITH EQUAL FORCE IF ATTACKED.

    EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST ANTI IRAN, ANTI MUSLIM BS CREATED BY US ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL.

    April 21, 2012 at 5:18 am | Reply
  3. Dookey flavored kool aid

    Ah miz klintoon yet again the mere mention of your name has made me throw up a little in me mouth

    April 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  4. TheTrue2

    The Iranian threats to us have been identified as:

    a. Support for Violent Extremist Groups
    b. Efforts to Subvert U.S. Allies
    c. Efforts to Block an Arab-Israeli Peace Agreement
    d. Development of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

    If you think about why Iran is engaged in the above endeavors, you would come to the conclusion that they are all done in the name of national defense and not as offensive initiatives. There are three dimensions to the US-Iran negotiations for peace: Technological, National Security and Political. I think that if we offer Iran Light-water reactors and Europe pays a higher price for Iranian oil to cover the additional cost of generating energy with this technology, Iran will be glad to accept a more rigorous inspection regime. The biggest challenge to reach an accord is going to be how can a substitute for having a nuclear arsenal for defense can be realize when Israel has nukes??...some have suggested the formation of a Middle East Commission for Security similar to the one formed in Western Europe after Worl War II. Iran will be a member along with other arab neighbors, but, Iran will not be allowed to have hegemony over the "club". I think the idea is to deter Israel from a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Israel foreign policy with its neighbors is one where Israel, with its nuclear arsenal, can deter its neighbors, but, they do not want their neighbors to be able to deter Israel. In theory, forming this commission will increase the cost of war with Iran for Israel and diplomacy will be the better option instead of war in any future discord between these nations. Iran does not have a military option in this negotiations and should accept what is being offered if the US pledges not to attack Iran....I believe that even if such an accord were to be reached, the wild card that can derail peace is Israel...so the real question is what is Israel willing to give up in exchange for Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions...

    April 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  5. pwstatz1121

    Pft! Hell, we cant even win in Afghanistan. why the f**k are they talking about fighting Iran? Putting us in another endless losing war.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
    • Derek J. Rimmer

      Saudi Arabia is 1/5 the size of Iran's military.
      Plus, it is from Saudi Arabia, that 15 of the 19, Sept 11th hijackers came from.

      A 40% levy against Saudi Oil Revenues must be put in place now. This will provide payment to US & ISAF forces, as well as all the victims of 9-11, Madrid, Mumbai, London attacks.

      If Obama is unwilling to do this, then he is obviously a mole for King Abdullah (who is still at war with Israel!!).
      A 40% levy is the kindest option. If only the US militay were actually able to enforce the Saudi hand and protect the women and young civilians in Arabia who are brainwashed by stagnant Wahabi dogma that grooms terrorists to hate others, including Shi'ites and Westerners alike.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • midwest

      pwstatz1121 – explain how we did not win in Afghanistan again? Our mission was to push the Taliban out of power and capture OBL..........last time I checked MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! We are not a police force nor are we in control of corrupt governments, so yes we won the war/battle now it is up to the Afghanies to take control of their own country and govern it appropriately. We did what we set out to do..........just like Iraq, WWI, WWII, etc. I'm tired of you idiots claiming the US has "never won a war". Politics usually are the only thing that will halt our military if we are fully committed.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
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    April 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  7. Osiris

    WE MUST NOT GET DRAGGED INTO ANOTHER WAR IN ISRAELS BEHALF!!!

    SPEAK UP AGAINST ZIONIST MEDIA MONOPOLIES!!

    WITHDRAW YOUR MISGUIDED SUPPORT IF ISRAEL!!!

    We can't support a criminal regime any longer, not while we still have problems of our own.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • Derek J. Rimmer

      King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia sent 15 of the 19 Sept 11th hijackers. He looks like a duck to me.

      April 20, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  8. SMOKE & MIRRORS

    OBAMA IS ONLY CONCERNED WITH THE ELECTION AND HE HAS NO INTENTIONS TO DEVERT FROM THAT INTO ANYTHING RISKY.

    STALLING TALK & WALK TO NOVEMBER . however iran may have other plans with abu musa island that the UAE says it owns .

    April 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply

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