Negotiator in chief: How John Kerry delivered the Iran deal
November 25th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
5 months ago

Negotiator in chief: How John Kerry delivered the Iran deal

Washington (CNN) - Just nine months into his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry successfully delivered an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program. It is the most significant level of cooperation between the United States and the Iranians in decades and it could impact the remainder of his tenure.

While the deal that also includes other world powers has been panned by Israel - one of the biggest U.S. allies in the region - and some members of Congress, Kerry has praised it as a good first step.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Diplomacy over war is good in my eyes any day of the week.

    November 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    All these times the Problem is Israel and their GOP thugs. Well, it is the time to stabilize Middle-East. Iran offered solution to curb Nukes. We need to honor. Ignore Israel. Bibi is a joke there. He wants to play with USA. Ignore that guy.

    November 25, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Okay rethug/teabag toddlers, since you know SOOOO much about that Iran nuclear deal and how BAAAAAAAAAAAAAADD it is, howsabout you explain IN DETAIL what about it is sooooo bad?

    November 25, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gurgyl

    All these times the Problem is Israel and their GOP thugs. Well, it is the time to stabilize Middle-East. Iran offered solution to curb Nukes. We need to honor. Ignore Israel. Bibi is a joke there. He wants to play with USA. Ignore that guy.
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    Can you get your point across without resorting to your grammatically-challenged gibberish?

    November 25, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    6 months to finish the deall with Iran, which is twice as long as the republicans will keep the government running. 30 years and we have a break through with 5 others countries. Well done Kerry and the Obama Administration!

    November 25, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    To a bagger, it is better to have war than a peaceful agreement.

    November 25, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Keith ..... in Oregon

    channeling Neville Chamberlain?

    November 25, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let us not forget who appointed Kerry to his post, and thusly that these negotiations will reflect positvely on our Commander-In-Chief.

    November 25, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This administrations best results have been obtained in the one area where the GOPeeing Tearrorists cannot add their two-cents: foreign policy, in all it's nuances.

    November 25, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. ora pike

    those in the know say iran got exactly what they wanted--sanctions released and they still enrich uranium. We have the dumbest bunch of thugs in the WH ever--how can these people look in a mirror-this is like moving back enrollments until after next years election so we will know what we have until it is too late. Go go fox and hear what ambassador bolton says about this non agreement. we never learn. we get YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE POLICY and then I'M SO SORRY YOU LOST YOUR INSURANCE POLICY.

    November 25, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    It is a good first step. We will get nuclear inspectors on the gournd. What's wrong with that? The reduction in sanctions is negligible, to the extent that they could almost be described as humanitarian for the people of Iran. The reduction is one a trial basis. What's wrong with that?

    The problem is that it is a small step. The war mongers want to take a big step. Ignore them, I say. They won't be happy until you go in and blow everything ten times over, which is utterly ridiculous to contemplate.

    November 25, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    It is a first step. The problem is what is the next step after that. We need to have the Iranians understand where the rest of the world is coming from on the issue. As a sponsor of groups that act violently, Iran should be aware that they need to take great effort to make sure that there is nothing but a civilian energy generating nuclear program. I would want 24 hour 7 day a week inspections on any and all nuclear programs in Iran. If there is any slip up, all the sanctions should be either reinstated or increased to make sure that there is no point to having the nuclear program.

    November 25, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Donna

    Thank God the French kept Kerry from giving the entire farm away. And time will tell if htis was a real deal, or just another stalling tactic by the Iranians to get them over the nuclear weapon finish line, just like the North Koreans did it. It is not clear exactly what, if anything, the Iranians gave up. They still boldly claim the right to enrich. This looks like an agreement meant to freeze Israel from taking action more than anything.

    BTW, totally hilarious of the clueless liberals to try, YET AGAIN, to blame Iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear technology on George Bush, as if that is when it started. It was going on LONG before Bush ever took office. For 5 years Obama has watched them grow and grow their program, now only to sanction it. After Obama showed his weakness in Syria, the Iranians knew he was ripe to be played like a cheap fiddle.

    November 25, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    just asking
    so is obama stil stating that iran will nlot be allowed to have nuclear weapons and that all options were on the table to ensure that did not happen? haven't heard him say that lately. i doubt all of our allies in the middle east are feeling to good this morning as the underside of the bus is clearly in view
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    The administration never once made that claim. That is simply a right wing, false talking point.
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    geez rudy... don't you even know how use the google? your lies are so easily shoot down. you really live in some sort of fantasy world.

    President Barack Obama says he means it when he insists it's unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. "I don't bluff," Obama said in an interview published Friday.

    In his most expansive remarks on the issue, Obama told The Atlantic magazine that Iran and Israel both understand that "a military component" is one of a mix of many options for dealing with Iran, along with sanctions and diplomacy.

    The president said he won't advertise any U.S. plans for Iran. At the same time, Obama has consistently refused to renounce a military option for U.S. strategists.

    "I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff," he said in the interview. "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But (both) governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say."

    November 25, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    ora pike

    those in the know say iran got exactly what they wanted–sanctions released and they still enrich uranium.

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    Who exactly ARE "those in the know"?

    November 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Malory Archer

    Okay rethug/teabag toddlers, since you know SOOOO much about that Iran nuclear deal and how BAAAAAAAAAAAAAADD it is, howsabout you explain IN DETAIL what about it is sooooo bad?
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    They did not come up with it.

    November 25, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    ora pike

    those in the know say iran got exactly what they wanted–sanctions released and they still enrich uranium. ... ... Go to Fox and hear what ambassador bolton says about this non agreement. we never learn. we get YOU CAN KEEP YOUR INSURANCE POLICY and then I'M SO SORRY YOU LOST YOUR INSURANCE POLICY.
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    Oh, dear. Someone had the courage to suggest that people go to Fox News and listen to their op-eds disguised as news. It would seem that this poor soul has been led to believe that sanctions have been completely dropped. What a lie. They've been temporarily reduced by 7% for a six-month trial period, mostly for humanitarian reasons if you ask me.

    November 25, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Data Driven

    @Keith in Oregon,

    "channeling Neville Chamberlain?"

    I thought that was Obama. Except when he's not being Hitler, of course.

    It's all very confusing, this Hitler/Chamberlain paradox. Wingers should explain it to us poor ignorant folk.

    November 25, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. just asking

    why couldn't hillary clinton get this done in her four years as secretary of state???

    November 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Hannity will explain the intricate details of this agreement on his "I lie, you believe" show today. Then we can get the imaginary details with the bagger slant.

    November 25, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Why couldn't any republican get this done in their 20 year reign of stupidity from Reagan through the Bush's?

    November 25, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Thomas

    @just asking
    why couldn't hillary clinton get this done in her four years as secretary of state???
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    Why didn't GW Bush think of it ?

    November 25, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @Donna
    Thank God the French kept Kerry from giving the entire farm away.

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    Please don't confuse French fry's with Freedom Fry's .

    November 25, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |