January 29th, 2014
07:44 PM ET

Exclusive: Iran's Zarif says Obama remarks for 'domestic consumption'

By CNN Staff

President Barack Obama had some sharp language on Iran in his State of the Union address, but Tehran saw it mainly as tough talk for a domestic audience.

 
CNN's Jim Sciutto met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Iran to get his first-hand response to Obama's speech on Tuesday night in which the President said American diplomacy - backed by pressure - has "halted the progress of Iran's nuclear program."


Obama also stressed that international talks aimed "at preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon" will not be easy and may not, in the end, succeed.

 
"We are clear-eyed about Iran's support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, which threaten our allies; and the mistrust between our nations cannot be wished away," Obama said.

 
"But these negotiations do not rely on trust; any long-term deal we agree to must be based on verifiable action that convinces us and the international community that Iran is not building a nuclear bomb," he added.

 
Zarif said in exclusive comments to CNN that such statements by the White House and the State Department are meant for a domestic audience.

 
"It doesn't matter how the Americans try to spin it for domestic consumption. When it comes to Iran, it does matter," he said.

 
Iran claims its nuclear program is peaceful, but the United States and other international powers believe it is trying to build a nuclear bomb.

 
An interim agreement negotiated between the United States, other world powers and Iran that took effect this month froze its nuclear program and rolled back some capabilities in exchange for some easing of international sanctions that have hurt its economy.

 
The six-month agreement laid the foundation for talks in Geneva on a longer-term accord.

Post by:
Filed under: Iran • Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Noel Trapani

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/05/imagination-wanted-mobile-devices-in.html?showComment=1482810463404

    June 21, 2021 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  2. Brooks Aulbach

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2004/12/on-my-feet-again-yes-im-on-my-feet.html?m=0

    June 21, 2021 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  3. Sebrina Castillero

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?cat=2&paged=43

    June 15, 2021 at 8:12 am | Reply
  4. Rocky Mattsson

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://engagingmultimodality.blogspot.com/2009/04/

    June 15, 2021 at 6:10 am | Reply
  5. Argentina Bastidos

    I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2008/10/united-airlines-pilot-arrested-for-being-drunk/

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2005/12/tis-season-for-ipods-not-everyone-is.html

    June 13, 2021 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  6. Carylon Serban

    I don't know about you people but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/05/crankyfliercom-interviews-air-new-zealand-ceo/

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/08/farewell-to-jack-shallcrass-splendid.html?showComment=1476864896243

    June 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  7. Valerie Kawaiaea

    I don't know about you people but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/07/are-airlines-going-to-the-boneyard-sooner/

    http://www.hotfrog.com/search/mountlake-terrace2Cwa/freight

    June 13, 2021 at 7:14 am | Reply
  8. Ghislaine Allen

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/happy-valentines-day/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870

    June 13, 2021 at 5:16 am | Reply
  9. Josiah Heick

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2005/03/no-links-just-thoughts.html?m=0

    June 12, 2021 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  10. Clarissa Krajcik

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2008/06/virtually-same-question.html?m=0

    June 12, 2021 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  11. Rhett Senti

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 10, 2021 at 8:15 am | Reply
  12. Kathline Milberger

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 7, 2021 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  13. Emery Lenius

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 5, 2021 at 9:38 am | Reply
  14. John Curry

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2004/11/have-card-will-travel-what-im-starting.html

    June 2, 2021 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  15. Lewis Grimstead

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply
  16. Quentin Fangmann

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2004/11/?m=0

    May 30, 2021 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  17. Lyda Hixenbaugh

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://test.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread823159/pg1

    May 30, 2021 at 4:08 am | Reply
  18. Addie Rude

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2006/05/crazysuperfun-cam.html

    May 29, 2021 at 3:17 am | Reply
  19. Danille Cartan

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=49

    May 28, 2021 at 3:04 am | Reply
  20. Eugene Embury

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/latest-book-in-our-series-learning.html?showComment=1548144762095

    May 23, 2021 at 2:25 am | Reply
  21. Lamont Lathe

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/12/vote-on-jetblues-new-tail-livery/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163871

    May 21, 2021 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  22. Randell Paro

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2008/02/web-2.html

    May 20, 2021 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  23. Lavelle Failing

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://beyondnewhorizons.com/2011/04/semi-digital-leave/

    May 19, 2021 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  24. Raven Schleppy

    I don't know about you people but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/02/my-review-23-minutes-us-airways-flight-from-phoenix-to-tucson-in-a-crj-900/

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/airlinereporter/2009/12/09/get-vip-seats-to-the-boeing-787-dreamliners-first-flight/

    May 19, 2021 at 1:58 am | Reply
  25. Rudolph Trice

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2008/08/an-faa-oops-causes-some-problems-time-to-update/

    http://www.washingtonbids.us/washington-contractors/naics-712110-Museums.htm

    May 17, 2021 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  26. Tamara Ceasar

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2005/09/flatpack-anytime-anywhere.html?showComment=1159011120001&m=0

    May 17, 2021 at 5:17 am | Reply
  27. Alfred Merrit

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/04/is-boeing-trying-to-make-a-real-effort-to-connect-with-fans/

    http://www.hotfrog.com/search/mountlake-terrace2Cwa/freight

    May 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  28. Hilario Meikle

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183

    May 11, 2021 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  29. Xavier Kedley

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2009/05/ambient-sociability.html?m=0

    May 10, 2021 at 4:59 am | Reply
  30. Hank Bivans

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 4, 2021 at 10:17 am | Reply
  31. Lawanna Farraj

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  32. Abram Mealor

    There is evidently a lot to know about this. I consider you made certain nice points in features also.

    http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com

    January 12, 2021 at 12:33 am | Reply
  33. Kjhfs Hkhfs

    -(n-i-g-g-e-r– w-o-r-ks)-

    January 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.