February 9th, 2010
02:09 PM ET
5 years ago

Iran pursuit of nuclear arms 'unacceptable,' says Obama

 Iran 'continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable,' President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Iran 'continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable,' President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Iran "continue(s) to pursue a course that would lead to (nuclear) weaponization and that is not acceptable," President Barack Obama said Tuesday. "We have bent over backwards to say we are willing to have a constructive conversation" with Iran about its nuclear program, he said in a surprise appearance at the White House daily press briefing.

Now the United States and its allies are "developing a significant regime of sanctions that will indicate to them how alone they are," he said. Obama said negotiations on proposed sanctions for Iran "are moving along." But one of the difficulties of dealing with Iran, Obama added, is that "it's not always clear who is speaking on behalf of the government" in Tehran. The president indicated there are signs Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons.

"The door's still open" to discussions with the Iranian government, he added. But "we are going to be looking at a variety of ways" in the weeks ahead to show the Iranian regime its current approach is unacceptable, he said.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    "Now the United States and its allies are "developing a significant regime of sanctions that will indicate to them how alone they are," he said."

    Bad Iran... BAD, BAD, BAD!

    No dessert for you, Im-a-dinner-jacket. Go to your room and be alone. Yeah... that should stop you from trying to get those big firecrackers.

    This administration is truly pathetic.

    February 9, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Turn Texas Blue

    The vultures are circling the kill,closer and closer they come.Its just one big chess game to see who can own all the oil.

    February 9, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. John D

    Well what are you going to do about it Obama. Their leader has dared you in public and you took it! You do not have a clue what to do and you know it so your just going to try talking them to death. See what that gets you! Why don't you send Hillary over there again and so she can stand there and stare at them lioke she's really mad now. That will get them thinking!

    February 9, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. gary

    I'm sure obozo's words have the Iranians shutter in their boots. Not. What a joke of a president he is. lol

    February 9, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. gary in OK

    Lets keep talking and give them another deadline that they will not honor.

    If we keep jaw jacking and keep giving them deadlines, they will have their enrichment program up to the 90%, the bomb built, and the launch under way.

    It is time for the United States and the world to quit talking and do something.

    February 9, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Auntie Sam Height

    Why isn't I$rael's pursuit of nuclear weapons unacceptable? I'll tell you why. Because our government is controlled by Zionist Jews that brainwash the Goyim masses to support their racist little ethnostate.

    February 9, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Dar

    OH now that was a hard slap on the hands Odumbo, you got em worried now little buddy. You are one tough cookie dude.
    Yup, Iran is thinking they better shut down their nuke plants right now after that scolding. MAN ODUMBO IS MEAN, shoot, glad he made at me cause I'd pass out and hit my head on the floor from laughing so hard. What a candy ass.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 9, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. WrongKindofChange

    Hey is this going to be another one of Obama's 3AM moments that the press falls in love with, saying it shows what kind of a great leader he really is. You know the 3AM moment I'm talking about. The kind where he basically slaps the hand of the offending country and does nothing else.

    Grow some balls Obama and make a stand before Iran before I ran has the ability to send nukes our way. A slap on the hand will not prevent Iran from making nukes.

    February 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Monster Zero

    Grow a pair Obama, back up the jews and let them do the dirty deed that is inevitable!

    February 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Whoa there – that is almost EXACTLY the way Bush described things before he started attacking countries. "variety of ways" – keep the "options" open?

    So is Obama saying that maybe his cartoon world of talk might not always work?

    It would have been nice to realize that before he got elected since we voted on what he promised – that "talk and rock-star will save the planet."

    Real world is harsh as it turns out.

    February 9, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Steve in North Carolina

    He ought to punish them with his medical reform initiative!

    February 9, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. inofritzn

    You tell them Obama..... because that's all you can do!!! Are your buddies not playing nice? Even after all that talking you did? I thought you were going to change the poor dictators views with open dialogue and well written teleprompter speeches. Oh well, you still have the support of retarded liberals.

    February 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Concerned Canadian

    The hypocrisy is nauseating. Why doesn't the USA – the only nation to have actually used a nuclear weapon on another country -announce plans to rid itself of its nuclear weapons – then it can ask other nations to do the same .Maybe if America stopped invading and occupying sovereign nations for no apparent reason then other countries would not feel such a need to arm themselves????
    Much as I despise the Iranian regime , they are not idiots – even if they had the bomb they would know full well the consequences of using it. Also, how about applying the same standards to Israel???

    February 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    It's a sign of the extraordinary arrogance of this country for its president to assert that any action of any sovereign nation is "unacceptable." It's not our prerogative to accept or reject or have any other opinion concerning the actions of other nations unless and until those actions have a direct effect on us, and hypothetical Iranian nukes don't affect us. And the affect of those hypothetical nukes on Israel is their problem, not ours.

    February 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. The Finger Wag of Doom

    Uh-Oh, Obama is giving the Iranians the dreaded Finger Wag of Doom. Any day now they'll fall down and beg our forgiveness.

    February 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Mark

    So what's he going to do, give them a stern look and shake his finger at them?

    February 9, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Blutarski

    "aunti sam height"-because Israel already has nukes, it is a done deal you see, and once you have nukes, nobody dares to try to take them away from you-that is what this is all about. Iran wants to join the club. The difference is, Iran is the only country threatening to wipe an entire nation off the planet. Get it?

    February 9, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. valwayne

    Wow! The Iranians must be shivering. Or more likely laughing their butts off as they warm themselves on their growing stockpile of enriched uranium!

    February 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Texas Jack

    OH BOY! Idle talk from an idle fool. You don't intend to do anything. First place you can't afford another war. Second we don't have enough troops left. and third the American people will not stand for anymore. They're back into the hippy mold. WE MUST HAVE SARAH PALIN TO STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT. NO JOHN McCAIN AND NO MORE OBEMMA THE DONKEY.

    February 9, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Liberal wing nut

    Obama caved in on the Europe missile defense. What makes anyone think the Russians will help now??

    February 9, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Rickster

    Ohhhhhh, I'll bet Iran is scared now. What are you going to do, Barry, shake your finger at them vigorously?

    This is what happens when you vote radical community-organizer types into office. What a buffoon Obama is.

    February 9, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Sue

    Iran, Russia, North Korea and the Muslim terrorists throughout the world-–laugh at Obama.

    Obama and his administration have weakened our military, CIA and our country--and to the terrorists, they were thrilled that Obama was elected.

    Only 10 more months until the 2010 elections.........and the Obama Administration lunacy ends in our country.

    February 9, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Really

    I can't believe he used such harsh works. I bet Iran will come out tomorrow with a statement that they have ceased all nuclear activities and they eagerly wait additional instructions from the World's Supreme Leader Presidenet Obama. I can't wait to check the news reports tomorrow. Just like his campaign... just words. For the first time in my adult life, I am disappointed in my country's progress this past year.

    February 9, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Wade

    Grow a set Obama.
    Sometimes you have to pick up a big stick and actually hit someone with it, not just wave it around and talk real loud.

    February 9, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Dean

    Obama, I thought you said that you would meet with Iran and talk them out of building nuclear weapons.

    February 9, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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