A "Constructive Beginning"

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 2, 2009
President Obama Delivers Statement on Iran

Upon conclusion of the P5+1 meeting on Iran, President Obama delivered the following message:"The result is clear: The P5-plus-1 is united, and we have an international community that has reaffirmed its commitment to non-proliferation and disarmament. That’s why the Iranian government heard a clear and unified message from the international community in Geneva: Iran must demonstrate through concrete steps that it will live up to its responsibilities with regard to its nuclear program.

In pursuit of that goal, today’s meeting was a constructive beginning, but it must be followed by constructive action by the Iranian government.

First, Iran must demonstrate its commitment to transparency. Earlier this month, we presented clear evidence that Iran has been building a covert nuclear facility in Qom. Since Iran has now agreed to cooperate fully and immediately with the International Atomic Energy Agency, it must grant unfettered access to IAEA inspectors within two weeks. I’ve been in close touch with the head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, who will be traveling to Tehran in the days ahead. He has my full support, and the Iranian government must grant the IAEA full access to the site in Qom.

Second, Iran must take concrete steps to build confidence that its nuclear program will serve peaceful purposes -- steps that meet Iran’s obligations under multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. The IAEA proposal that was agreed to in principle today with regard to the Tehran research reactor is a confidence-building step that is consistent with that objective -– provided that it transfers Iran’s low enriched uranium to a third country for fuel fabrication. As I’ve said before, we support Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear power. Taking the step of transferring its low enriched uranium to a third country would be a step towards building confidence that Iran’s program is in fact peaceful.

Going forward, we expect to see swift action. We’re committed to serious and meaningful engagement. But we’re not interested in talking for the sake of talking. If Iran does not take steps in the near future to live up to its obligations, then the United States will not continue to negotiate indefinitely, and we are prepared to move towards increased pressure. If Iran takes concrete steps and lives up to its obligations, there is a path towards a better relationship with the United States, increased integration with the international community, and a better future for all Iranians."

Read the President's full statement here.

Comments

Comments

Leland
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New Mexico, USA
October 2, 2009

Leland L. in New Mexico writes:

I always wish that the U.S. would provide a justification for requiring compliance with certain laws and objectives only for others. When will Israel be required to sign the NPT and forced into such negotiations? The double standard makes all the lofty rhetoric unpalatable.

sTePhEn W.
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New York, USA
October 2, 2009

Stephen W. in New York writes:

hEy Hi EvErYoNe. ReMeMdEr A fAiTh WoRtH hAvIn Is A fAiTh WoRtH sHaRin. SoMe DaY a BeTtEr FuTuRe WeLl CoMe FoR aLl GoOd IrAnIaNs. LeTs HoPe FoR tHe BeSt.

Jack
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New Hampshire, USA
October 2, 2009

Jack in New Hampshire writes:

DipNote,

I applaud the Obama administration for pursuing a dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran. While Iran may still enrich, and talks not prove fruitful, at least we are trying to engage - something severely lacking in the policies of the last administration. I have long thought that, at the very least, we owe it to the Iranians (and ourselves) to communicate what we want directly. We lose nothing by doing so. The Obama administration is right to pursue this strategy.

But, I would caution the current administration with one missive: negotiate with those on the Iranian side that have the authority to deliver. Javier Solana's negotiations with former Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani failed, in part, because Larijani couldn't deliver the goods. I would strongly suggest to President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Dennis Ross that any meaningful engagement with Iran needs to be with folks in the Supreme Leaders circle. The West can kvetch all they want about Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denials (yes, they do deserve rebuke), but anyone who knows Iran and is focused on the big picture knows that real power lies in the hands of the Supreme Leader.

The relationship between the U.S. and Iran suffers from a series of crossing offers, miscommunications, and many years of mutual mistrust. If we are ever to make progress with Iran, if we are ever to mutually bury the hatchet, we need to bury it with the guy who calls the shots.

That's Ali Khamenei.

Best regards,

Jack

Jack
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New Hampshire, USA
October 2, 2009

Jack in New Hampshire writes:

Sorry, one more thing. Good for the administration from dropping the word "regime" and using the word "government" when referring to Iran. In our heart of hearts, we all know that the current government in Tehran is, indeed, a regime, but when at the negotiating table, diplomacy works best when we are not pouring salt into the wounds of our enemies.

It's a small point, but I bet it's been noticed back in Tehran.

Best,

Jack

Shamuuna L.
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New York, USA
October 3, 2009

Shamuuna L. in New York writes:

I am a global citizen embodied with the right to speech and communicate whatever is on my mind. I do respect all mankind and also side by countries that recognize the right of another country to run its country the manner and shape it feels it’s right and best for its people. No one nation has the audacity to tell another how and when to protect its citizens on this planet as it is clearly indicated in the resolutions written in the United Nations' General Assembly.

The reason for my comments is that I realized that the permanent members of the UN are pushing forward to impose sanctions on Iran. My question then is that, if these five countries including Israel (an occupying nation) have nuclear weapons for protecting its citizens why shouldn't Iran also protect its citizens by obtaining a nuclear weapon?

If democracy means selecting a ruler by way of voting peacefully among a group of people, then going into ones nation and telling that government how to run its country by means of military action is ridiculous and insane. That’s just ignorance and imperialism as the Venezuelan Prime Minister, Hugo Chavez, said some time ago during the reign of George Bush. President Obama is a person I seem to look at as one of models for achievement and perseverance. But when I read the speech he delivered about the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty and says that the U.S. government recognizes "Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear weapon", what else do you want the Iranian government to do when there enemies all around her and some even desire to see Iran not succeed with this project? Is there any country on earth that has tasted peaceful America's military presence in their sovereign lands? Not a single country.

Which country has occupied most nations on this earth on the basis protecting its citizens and at last kill innocent individuals in the interests of U.S.? It's the US and not any other country. Why can't we just mind our own business and let others deal with their problems any how they see fit?

I think if that happens countries will start welcoming U.S. individuals and even military without any restrictions or hesitations of some sort. Action and diplomacy should work when we try to negotiate with each other on the basis of common interests. I think if Israel has nuclear weapon why shouldn't Iran get one?

Ron
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New York, USA
October 3, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Constructive Synergies?

Craeting a close, transparent and accountable nuclear resource scheme between Iran, Russia and the International Community may be a constructive beginning; or a destructive delay. If it works, it can help with U.S.-Russia RESET as a model for cooperation in other areas...If it doesn't, we have Iran and Russia complicit in a dangerous nuclear-geo-political strategy in the mid-east.

joe
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Tennessee, USA
October 3, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Words are not enough..

Not be be outspoken, but it is obvious that the International community is doing only what is best for THEIR interest and doing what they can to take power from the USA. Politically, in many spheres, while they are shaking hands with us, the money and security seems to go elsewhere.

This is not a reference to the Olympics, it was rather obvious they were going with a country that has not held the event and has various political structures to avoid security issues in these unsettling times: No more, no less.

IRAN:This information was reported by Israeli intelligence services over a year ago, yet it was neglected by the International Community. WHY? Obviously, the methodology used for North Korea will not work.

John
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Greece
October 3, 2009

John in Greece writes:

@ Joe in Tennessee -- Logic is gone...I wonder how can these guys vote for Brazil for the Olympic Games, when criminality and corruption in "Rio" is "out of logic".

Everybody knows that they can not fix it (criminality and corruption) not even in 20 years from now.

Thank God, after China (LOL), England will be a great parenthesis, between two crazy country choices (China and Brazil).

I don't really understand how can someone "vote" for Rio, when he has a Chicago, or even a Tokyo choice.

It's getting real crazy!

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
October 5, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

Sometimes the most peaceful path is not the right path or the logical one; but, one which rest on more than one back...

Ron
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New York, USA
October 5, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Why not October 31st?....

October 25th is he date Iran has "chosen" to allow IAEA into the Qom Nuclear Facilities. How was this date picked? How does Iran get to pick it..? When the police have a warrent to investigate,, does the suspect pick the date of entry? Why isn't the date October 31st? All Hallow's Eve (Halloween) seems much more appropriate...Pretty Scary stuff, huh?

Syrian P.
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Syria
October 6, 2009

SNP in Syria writes:

Yeah, will believe this C....P when Israel sign up for international inspection and open up its arsenal for all to count. Otherwise, you have no case except to be shamful of your hipocracy.

Ron
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New York, USA
October 9, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Congratulations to President Obama, Nobel Laureate:

The Nobel Peace Prize represents Mankind's most treasured value. President Obama personifys this value in word and deed. Congratulations!

palgye
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South Korea
October 14, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Iran and others...

The problem of Iran problem of the nuclear thinks that previous report departs from a misgivings about political power of the government which wears out. If religious man politics culture political phase E I shake from the nation which governs the citizens from high position and the problem of the nuclear knows simply problem of development of the missile, The petroleum of the Islam influence which uses this about low of the weapon uses Iran and the capital which will have the possibility which will make with the duty which will spread the logic of the themselves is to as the problem point sees.

The different Islam nation is coming to become influence and connection the outside which holds in what kind of form, Iran only from the Middle East, is recognized in the existence which is unique and the problem which is an international when occurring, - the like that work the thing which will not be thought but - inflicting a material in the activity, thinks that is difficult.

Strengthening the location of President of Iran politically and the religious leader unionizing from the Iran citizens weakening liberralizing a resistance consciousness about external influence and the citizen letting and will not be the method? The citizens of the Middle East nation are thought that yet remains adverse sentiment about the jihad which the religious belief of damage ceremony and the themselves of some comes to combine.

One in the practical method which is detailed develops the waterway, Leads the replacement of salt water by fresh water of the sea water and - from the country where the water is the resources - does to make the wind family box feel in the citizens, providing the city and the forest which are new with this character will not be the method?

palgye
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South Korea
October 14, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

To connect the superhigh speed Internet in the whole which is from, in the citizens...

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