March 10th, 2009
03:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Rice: Findings on Iran nuclear program 'troubling'

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has expressed concern about Iran's nuclear program.
Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has expressed concern about Iran's nuclear program.

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - Findings in a recent U.N. report that Iran's nuclear program "has military dimensions" are "troubling," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

"Iran also still refuses to respond constructively to IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] questions about its past work to develop a nuclear weapons capability," the ambassador, Susan Rice, told a U.N. Security Council subcommittee that deals with ensuring sanctions against Iran are being enforced.

"The United States urges its fellow Security Council members not only to take note of the IAEA's serious findings but also to vigorously support the IAEA in its continuing investigations of these critical matters."

The IAEA is the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that is charged with inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities.

Rice said Tuesday's meeting was "the Security Council's first session on Iran since the release of the IAEA director general's most recent report on Iran - a report that makes it clear that Iran is still not complying with its international nuclear obligations, including resolutions of this council."

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  1. Libs are Goofy....

    @ thomas .......

    You libs are really sharp. I mean really, really sharp !!!!

    Perhaps BO should send HC over to Iran with a DVD gift set.

    March 10, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. sam

    This re-ignites my doubts of his patriotism

    March 10, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. LIP

    You cannot negotiate from a position of weakness and when you approach a rabid dog with a dog biscuit, he will still bite your hand.
    The muslim country of Iran said it will drive Israel into the sea and with that said, there is no negotiating with them and all of Russia's nuclear capability equipment delivered into Iran's hands should be destroyed post haste.

    March 10, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Brian Crooks

    @ Richard,

    I'm gonna take a wild guess...didn't he win his first term without your vote?

    March 10, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. sensi johnson

    This must be a very painful experience for the Rushlimbuaghcans. Ooops! sorry Repulicans. We must continue to engage in total diplomacy and let civility reign.

    March 10, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. big papa

    Iran (nor any other country for that matter) wouldn't need nuclear or any other kind of weapons...

    ...if the there were no such unevolved animals as...

    ...Bush-Limbaugh type conservatives...

    March 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Saul Virginia

    I am fully behind the president and wish him enormous success. HE is a good, hornest and intelligent man.

    For critics, please give it a rest. You can try all you want to make him look bad but it is not going to work!!

    NOT THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. greed is not good

    How confusing...Rice shares the same name as the former Bush Sec. of State.

    March 10, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    She is inept. Go back to previous interviews during the campaign. Another wannabe but this one just happens to wear sleeves.

    March 10, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Glennis

    Uh, Thomas. You DO realize this is a different Rice, don't you?

    As for the UN and the IAEA; Iran knows they're as ineffective as Obama.

    March 10, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Iran will control the mid east.....

    Now that they almost have their nukes, there's nothing Obama can do.

    March 10, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Derek

    Sadly, I don't believe our representatives. They have lied to us constantly about foriegn policy issues. Our government deserves the mistrust of the American people they have created!!!

    March 10, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Matthew, Detroit

    Is this not the same group that said IRAQ had Nuclear Weapons?

    What is barack going to do about the disconnect?

    March 10, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Brian, California

    Why on the planet earth Rice doesn'r encourage IAEA to look into nuclear arsenal of Pakistan that is the safe heaven for terrorists and why doesn't she talk about Israels nuclear weapons – just simply because they are our dictators as Obama said in his campaigne.

    March 10, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. alvino

    A member of the GOP described you right wingnuts who are hell bent on the failure of Obama, as doing the same thing Hanoi Jane Fonda did during Viet Nam.

    March 10, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Jim

    Gee: I just read where the national security advisor testified that Iran did not have nuclear weapon capability???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    March 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Kurt C.

    Maybe if we just sat down with them and talked to them they'll stop working on nukes.

    How naive.

    March 10, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. boered1

    Richard March 10th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

    Obama is the worst president since Carter and the economic numbers prove it. He won't get my vote for a second term.
    ____________________________________________________

    based on this comment I would suppose he did not get your vote this time so no worries he will get re-elected without you.

    i find it interesting that Presidents Obama nad Carter get the blame for a disasterous economy when it was the republicans (Ford and bush) who destroyed the economy BOTH time before the Democrats got into office. Reaqlity check folks Republicans have controlled the White House for 28 out of the last 40 years and Congress for 24 out of the last 40 years so if you want to blame someone look at who was in control.. or are you saying that Democrats are more effective leaders because that is the only way this could be their fault...

    idiots

    March 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Adam

    @dwayne

    I didn't know the President of the United States could directly regulate the economy, nor has he the authority to. The economy will do what it will do. Obama's not a dictator and we do not have a command economy. How is the economy Obama's fault when the reason this is happening is because of corporate greed?

    March 10, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Jon in CA

    @obama-mama,

    Yes, you're right. Obama waiving the white flag avoids any conflicts AND fails to achieve any results.

    But isn't that the real definition of Obama: no conflict, no results. He simply votes "present" for whatever the situation.

    March 10, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Jon in CA

    @RN in Ann Arbor says,

    "Obama has a chance to win broad support because he is a grown up in a world in serious need of adult supervision."

    Obama will win broad support for WHAT, Ann? Sitting with his thumb stuck up his coccyx?

    Iran KNOWS Obama is a 90-lb weakling... and will completely ignore him. At least Bush was unstable enough and had a reputation of force to cause the Iranian people to pause and seriously question the Iranian leadership.

    I'll tell you what... AFTER Iran tests a nuclear device... PLEASE come back to CNN Ticker and read my comments titled, "I TOLD YOU SO".

    March 10, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Chris from NY

    Whoever is moderating the comments on Freeman's withdrawal would not take my comments. So, I decided to post my comments here.

    Can people just give this man (Obama) a break? It's my understanding that all the other President's nominations were confirmed by the day they took the oath of office. Six weeks after Obama took the oath of office Congress didn't still confirm all his nominations. It's beiginning to sound a lot like racism to me.

    March 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Terry

    Ronald Reagan's presidency accomplished nothing except to triple the national debt. Those who imagine that Iran and Russia caved in to an affable old codger with lovable stories are delusional.

    So those who want to "get tough" with Iran, what are you going to do? Bomb their underground facilities with bunker busters? Are we ready for THAT oil embargo? Give Israel a nuke and let them do it for us? Are we ready for total war in the middle east? Put them on some kind of trade embargo that will be ignored by China, Russia, and all Middle Eastern nations? Shall we turn our forces in Iraq into the Iranian Expeditionary Force and invade?

    You Conservatives are full of ideas when you are not in power. When you run the White House and the Congress, you aren't so full of ideas.

    March 10, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. obama-mama

    Does this country know what out past presidents have been doing in these Middle East countries to make them hate us so much. It's a shame that the innocent have to die because of our greedy government. Maybe we should stop sticking our noses in other people's business.

    March 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Ryan

    I would like to know what color the sky is in your world? If Iran does obtain a workable nuke... Isreal will be its first target... the U.S. its second... The liberal whiners need to stop parading around like peacocks and start to look at the real world... Iran is a terrorist nation that hates us to the core of its being

    March 10, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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