July 18th, 2008
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Rice: U.S. not softening Iran stance

Rice said the U.S. is not softening its stance on Iran.

Rice said the U.S. is not softening its stance on Iran.

(CNN) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNN Friday that the administration’s decision to engage in a diplomatic dialogue with Iran did not mean it was softening its tough stand on negotiations with that country over its nuclear program.

"I am prepared to go and talk to my counterpart any pace, any time, any where. But there really must be a suspension - a verifiable suspension of their enrichment and reprocessing," she said.

The No. 3 diplomat at the State Department will meet with an Iranian nuclear negotiator in Geneva, Switzerland Saturday, in what some observers had described as a major reversal of the Bush administration's tough stance against meeting with Iran on nuclear issues – a shift Rice denied.

“I acknowledge that what we've done is to make a step that we think demonstrates to everyone our seriousness about this process,” Rice told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “But what has not changed is that the United States is determined to have negotiations only when Iran has suspended its enrichment and reprocessing. That's when the United States can join.”

Rice has often been pegged as a likely vice presidential candidate – though the former Stanford University has insisted she’s looking forward to a return to academic life when her stint at the helm of the State Department ends.

Watch Blitzer’s full conversation with Rice on Late Edition this Sunday, starting 11 a.m. ET.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. David Newport, OR

    How can this not be a softening? Before they wouldn't even sit at the same table. Now this is EXACTLY what Obama has been saying he would do...at least sit at the same table. How is this different?

    July 18, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Sean

    We get you. US has not changed its stand.... never. Just another diplomatic move. Condi, you sound very much like Bush. You're done!

    July 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Cynthia

    Good move Condi, go on back to Stanford.

    July 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    Can you hear the war drums?
    If these morons have their way we will attack Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and anyone else deemed unworthy
    How in the world can you say that the U.S. and the other nuclear powers can have nuclear weapons but no one else can? We've proved that we are ready to shoot at the drop of a hat.

    July 18, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. RJ, CA

    What? NO dirt slung at Condi? Could it be because she's black? No! Of course not. An amazing, accomplished, postive black woman, by the way - the complete antithesis to the other one we've been hearing from lately.

    July 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Vig

    Rice is as rigid as Bush. They should both be jailed for crimes against humanity along with Cheney, Rove and Rumsfeld once this country is rid of them.

    July 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Joe Reg

    She has been taken by the vortex and the twilight.

    Either way every time the repubs say something the people get hit from their pocket book in all direction. Their failed policies lead to high oil prices slow down in the economy, lost of housing and so on.

    A new set of leader to make things right again.

    Obama 08 & 12.

    July 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    Oh no!!!!! This administration is now appeasing another member of the axis of evil!

    July 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. John McKain

    It is funny, when Obama wants to do this it is bad and now it is the way to go.

    July 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Brittany. LA

    Great job Rice-no appeasement in this lady.

    July 18, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Ob ama is a twit. I wonder what his real name is? I also wonder what religion he is. I've heard he is a closet Muslim. Nothing wrong with that so I don't know why the negative.

    Some of my friends are Muslim and i don't give a hoot. But they are not radicals or ultra liberals either.

    I think it would be a big mistake to hand the keys to the White House to Michelle. That is a disaster waiting to happen. OMG.

    Wonder if Michelle is still blindfolded with a muzzle on her mouth.

    Le Chat qui fume

    July 18, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. yankeegirl15

    Go home Sally Hemmings. No one wants to listen to you.

    July 18, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Allen in Hartwell, Ga

    Who is this woman and what does she have to do with US foreign policy? Is she one of the lame-duck's mouthpieces who failed this country for the last seven years and six months? In other words, if she isn't announcing what country Bush is invading next, why are we interested in what she has to say?

    July 18, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. LT for Obama

    This "step" is the same one that Obama has been talking about for months and that he was attacked on for being wrong. This is a flip and a flop. No pretty words or talking in circles is going to change that.

    July 18, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Texans for Obama

    I can't stand Condoleeza Rice. This woman is a puppet. She should have left Bush's administration when Colling Powell did. I will be so happy when this sorry group of crooks are long gone........The economy is in shambles.

    July 18, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Marie in California

    Condi Rice for President! She'd get my vote in a heartbeat!

    July 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Joe the Troll

    You could at least be honest and give Obama credit for the idea.

    July 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. S. Boatman

    Now This Administration And Mccain Are Doing Just What Obama Said! Goes To Show Mccain Doesnt Have The Judgement To Be President!

    July 18, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. Doris,Memphis,TN

    It is sad to see an intelligent lady like Condi with the bad boys.

    July 18, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  20. VincentPrice

    Condi baby where would you be without that new weave girl ?

    July 18, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Pat Va

    A charlatan...no different from any others in the Bush KLAN.

    July 18, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  22. GREAT LADY!!!

    Rice has often been pegged as a likely vice presidential candidate – though the former Stanford University has insisted she’s looking forward to a return to academic life when her stint at the helm of the State Department ends.
    She to decent to STAY.......She deserves MUCH Better........If I were her I would be running thru the WOODS trying to make HOME!!!!

    July 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. Shrimp Barnicles

    You wanna fight Iran?
    You and which troops?

    There is a better chance for members of congress to be truck by lightening than for them to vote for a war with Iran.

    July 18, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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