March 3rd, 2009
09:53 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama reaches out to Russia over nuclear Iran

President Obama wrote Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seeking help in talks with Iran, sources say.

President Obama wrote Russian President Dmitry Medvedev seeking help in talks with Iran, sources say.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama has told Russia that the United States might not proceed with a missile defense system in eastern Europe if Iran drops plans for producing nuclear weapons, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

Obama raised the possibility in a letter to Russia seeking help in trying to end Iran's nuclear program, a senior administration official said. Contrary to news reports, it was not a secret letter, the official said.

Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in the letter that the U.S. missile defense system in Russia's backyard would not be necessary if Iran stopped it own ambitions to build nuclear warheads and long-range ballistic missiles, the officials said.

The letter suggested Russia could have a role in reducing Iran's nuclear threat, and therefore could dissuade the United States from going forward with its plans to establish a missile base in Poland and a radar facility in the Czech Republic.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Peter (CA)

    Leave it to the right wing whiners to jump all over this. Bush made the world infinitely more dangerous over the last 8 years. Obama is taking a prudent course in fixing the problem but all you guys can do is whine.
    The right wing is broken, out of ideas, and clueless. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Typical White Person

    So next we will offer to give South Korea to North Korea if they agree to halt their nuclear program? Wait, didn't they halt the program for aid? Oh yeah, and once they got the aid they restarted the program.

    My 14 year old 8th grader knows that a bully will take your lunch money right up until you punch his lights out. Russia is a bully.

    March 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Did Obama" look into his eye's"and see a good man he could trust?

    March 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    For the record: Putin personally shot down this idea this morning.
    So for all of you that seem blind to everything except the words of Obama, his plan failed and has not worked. Putin will not consider the two linked in any way. Wake up and smell what you are shoveling.

    March 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    SniffMe March 3rd, 2009 12:18 pm ET

    Yeah he reached out and they laughed at him…..Way to give in Obama and they made you look stupid. looks like he is not the world savior he thought he was
    I agree, except that I think that Obama made all of us look stupid. I think that Obama should have known better and I think any other past president would have.

    March 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    No surprise here, Obama was planning on scrapping this missile system to use the dollars for his social programs.

    March 3, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. Matthew, Detroit


    Pretty funny, the naive boy strikes again.

    March 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. matt

    So Peter

    its Bush fault that Russia is supplying Iran with nuclear material and its bush fault that Russian wants to rebuild the Soviet Union and retake the countries that seperated in the early 90s and its Bush fault that Russia is supplying weapons to Chevos regime and its Bush fault that Russia violates US airspace daily specially near alaska or just the other day two Russian bombers invades Canadian airspace and were escorded out by canadian airforce and its bushs fault of Russia crimes in Chechnya. Obama talks peace while our enemies build bombs

    March 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)


    8 years of Bush wasting money and lives. A quagmire in Iraq that has brought us to the brink of bankruptcy. Any lame excuse to keep pushing more money and resources there.
    He took his eye off the ball and Putin made him (and us) pay. Yeah, matt, it is his fault. And Cheney's fault. And Rumsfeld's fault. And the fault of those in congress (both sides) who did not call him on this.

    March 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Deborah Black

    President Bush started this by trying to put a missle defense system on Russia's borders. Like we would stand for them putting one in Mexico. You right wingers have no solutions except crying, whinning and name calling. Bullies just like your previous President. Keep working Mr President Obama, it is such a pleasure to have a President who actually thinks and plans.

    March 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. 4 and no more

    C'mon, give this administration a chance. Sure, we'll have a few missteps and what message it is that we are sending the world, but the jump from Junior Senator to supreme head of the main world superpower is not a transition that is going to happen overnight. For now, let's just take a moment and say, " Hooray for America! We elected Obama! " It just feels good.

    March 3, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. mike

    my oh my he really does not get it.

    March 3, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. lynn

    Him trying to find a peaceful solution does not make him look like a whimp. I'd rather he try diplomacy than we end up like we have for the past eight years under a cowboy regime that did nothing but make us disrespected around the world.

    March 3, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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