May 3rd, 2010
04:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton blasts Iran at U.N. nuclear summit

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Clinton called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments at the conference earlier in the day "the same tired faults and sometimes wild accusations" against the United States and other countries. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

United Nations (CNN) - Iran "will do whatever it can to divert attention from its own record and to attempt to evade accountability," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday at the opening of a conference on nuclear non-proliferation.

Clinton called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments at the conference earlier in the day "the same tired faults and sometimes wild accusations" against the United States and other countries.

The Islamic republic has continuously defied the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency and its Security Council, Clinton said, adding that Iran was the "only country in this hall that has been found by the IAEA board of governors to be currently in noncompliance with its nuclear safeguards obligations."

She called on Ahmadinejad and his regime "to join with all the other delegations represented at this meeting to go ahead and fulfill our international obligations and work toward the goal of a safer world."


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. SocialismBad

    When are we going to through this farce of a United Nations out of this country and stop funding these looney tunes?

    May 3, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. James

    Ready the "strong sanctions" or whatever that means.

    Why is it this administration is up in arms when Israel builds houses and when Iran builds bombs to destroy Israel you hear nothing?

    May 3, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. IKHAN

    Well I'm all for abolishing nukes altogether.

    Sometime I wonder who were the devilish minds who thought of creating these weapons & why?
    They are meant to kill & maim humans, other life forms in horrifying numbers & destroy habitat, aren't they?
    If some countries possess them & others don't, how can we prevent the others from having them??

    May 3, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. RH

    There's been more than enough talk. DO something. What, are you waiting until after an election to take action, Obama?! Which one, then? Midterms or 2012?

    May 3, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Right on, Mrs Clinton.

    May 3, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    That is a shame but I guess he doesn't want to jump in to the cesspool occupied by Obozo lying, corrupt union toadies.

    May 3, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Alex

    No thanks in advance for the war, Hilary, AIPAC, and Bibi Netanyahu! When was the last time Iran invaded anyone?!?!

    May 3, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Me! In Houston, Texas

    Go get'em Hillary!!!

    May 3, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. ME

    The Un has no power. It is time it went away, or atleast moved somewhere else.

    May 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Audrey Fryer

    Ah, but the IEAE has not been given permission to enter Israel. Maybe you should listen with at least 1/2 an ear to the Iranians – do not totally reject them – some of what they say is correct – Israel does have nuclear weapons and Israel is not allowing inspectors into their Country and therefore Israel is in non-compliance. Maybe if you played both countries with the same sanctions, you just might get some consideration from Iran.

    May 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Pat F

    Too bad Hillary isn't President of the United States instead of the Obamessiah, who only takes a break from apologizing for America long enough to express sympathy for the Islamofascists.

    May 3, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Larry

    Good job Hillary!

    May 3, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    blah, blah, blah

    smoke and pony show..........move along, nothing new here people

    (what would ol' billy do.............)

    I assume that this is all bush fault (iran was the threat and not iraq, and all that finger pointing stuff)

    truth is Clinton, Obama, nor anyone else can do anything about this situation, its a tough spot to be in but please, dont waste time trying to act tough

    talk............nadda
    sanctions..............nadda
    war...........nadda

    we need a new plan

    however, seeing how this country is bankrupt and talk is cheep.....keep talkin'

    hope for the best..prepare for the worst

    May 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. NYC REPUB

    I love this administration. As time goes on, we will see the full results of the efforts of the Sec. of State, as well as of the President.

    May 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    She called on Ahmadinejad and his regime "to join with all the other delegations represented at this meeting to go ahead and fulfill our international obligations and work toward the goal of a safer world."
    ____________________________________________________
    Let's sit down for some tea and talk about how we can all be happy together. Oh pretty please with a raisin and saffron cookie on top?

    May 3, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Bob Hoeller

    Let the Iranis' and North Koreans' build their nuclear weapons. We will park a satellite overhead and watch them. After wasteing enormous amounts of their time and money, we will give them 20 minutes notice to evacuate the area. Then will send in as many surface to air missiles – one on top of the other – as needed to take-out their nuclear facility.

    May 3, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Michael

    Iran is a perfect example of the madness inherent in a theocratic government, and should serve as a warning to all who vote fundamentalists and other right-wing extremists into office here in the USA.

    May 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. ingrid

    Way to Go Hillary!!!

    May 3, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Ted King

    Old Mahmoud is just dying for a nuclear high colonic - and he will eventually get his wish.

    May 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. rdepontb

    Secretary Clinton speaks for the President, the country, and the rest of the civilized world in denouncing Iranian leadership on its nuclear stance.

    But we cannot afford to keep sending verbal salvos back and forth, messengers who ride through the night with one leader's position and then another rider sent back to the opposition leader. These are flash-trigger times; messages come through immediately, and consequences are often sequences that cannot be recalled as an ambassador might be.

    This UN meeting needs to be the last attempt at bringing Iran into the family net. If their defiance continues now, after hearing first hand everyone's reactions and responses, it will no longer be time for mere sanctions. It is an ugly truth, but one that has to be faced and acted upon while it is still possible for the world to do so.

    May 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Tdc van Tol

    US nukes 1551, Iran nukes 0!
    What more to say?

    May 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    I am no sympathizer for Iran. That said, why doesn't Israel have to comply with the NPT?

    May 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Iran "will do whatever it can to divert attention from its own record and to attempt to evade accountability,"

    Sounds just like the GOP.

    May 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Chukwudi Ferdinand

    Pls what is Nigeria's stand on this nuclear proliferation stuff?

    May 3, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Shari

    I don't trust Iran and I'm scared that, unless all members of the United Nations impose stiff sanctions on them, Israel may act unilateraly and start a war that could literally mean Armeggedon.

    May 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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