Obama on Iran: U.S. cannot 'close the door' on diplomacy
November 25th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama on Iran: U.S. cannot 'close the door' on diplomacy

San Francisco (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday cast this weekend's historic deal with Iran as part of a larger foreign policy agenda he said affirmed his 2008 campaign promises.

Citing his vows to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to unfreeze U.S.-Iran relations, Obama said he has "done what I said."

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  1. You Can Keep Your Nuclear Weapons Program If You Want

    How far do I trust Iran? About as much as I trust Obama.

    November 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. just asking

    translation.... obama will do anything to get the obmaacare disaster off of the front pages. including throwing israel and other allies under the bus with bogus agreements with countries that never abide by them and play you for fools.

    November 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein

    We need to keep talking but not at the expense of allies that need the help. The deal that was set up and announced earlier isn't good enough for me. There is too much that Iran can get ready in short order. Any sanctions that would be released should be done after inspectors verify that all enrichment activity has stopped and any construction had been halted as well.

    November 25, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Israel is the number one culprit for generations keeping GOP inept ignore the fact it is playing the biggest drama on the pretext of religion. Time to stabilize middle-east. Way to go with Iran answered, deals.

    November 25, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    He's Neville Chamberlain!

    Except when it comes to Obamacare. Then he's Hitler!

    November 25, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Thomas

    It's about time !

    November 25, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Far better to engage. Iran still has sanctions in place for their oil; they may be able to get at some of their money in foreign accounts, but they can't sell their oil. The Iranian people – a majority of whom are young and are aware of the rest of the world via the Internet – are enduring 40% inflation and a lessening of their standard of living. Public pressure has already resulted in the election of a more moderate leader – and there is no going back.

    The U.S. and others will closely monitor the situation regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities, including watching for unusual activity that would indicate efforts towards building nuclear weapons. Staying engaged and providing incentive to move away from weapons production is far preferable to cutting off completely (and letting a power such as Russia fill the void) or starting a way.

    I think President Obama is doing the right thing.

    November 25, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    Repubs only care about Israel because of some Biblical prophesy about the end times and Jesus coming back and Israel needing to be a nation, etc., etc., etc.

    Otherwise, to repubs Israel is just a bunch of dirty Jews.

    November 25, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @just asking: Translation to your post:

    How dare the world continue! What if the healthcare website becomes functional, people sign up and like their healthcare! Mercy, I do believe I am getting the vapors that the whole universe isn't revolving around ME!

    November 25, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Fox and the baggers are wrong again. Well done Obama Administration!

    November 25, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain: Hey, GOP, where's our $24 billion reimbursement check?

    @You Can Keep Your Nuclear Weapons Program If You Want: "How far do I trust Iran? About as much as I trust Obama."

    You don't – and neither is the U.S. Listen to what Sec. Kerry said:

    “None of this is based on trust. It’s not a question of trust. Verification is the key. And President Obama and I have said since the beginning, we’re not just going to verify, or trust and verify. We’re going to verify and verify and verify.”

    BTW, were did you foam at the mouth this much when Reagan signed the INF treaty with Gorbachev in 1987?

    November 25, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. just asking

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

    November 25, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    why couldn't hillary clinton get this done in her four years as secretary of state???
    **************
    because it took a new Iranian leader coming to power for there to be an opening, idiot.

    November 25, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. just asking

    so are we now to believe that iran is going to lay bare all of their nuclear faciliies and stock piles for inspection by the usa and the world? yeah, i have a bridge to sell you too. iran is playing obama and the world for fools as it now freezes them (can't attack people we're negotiaiting with right?) while they the final mad dash over the nuclear weapons threshold.

    but what happens when israel is not ready to play the fool, like the rest?

    November 25, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Why didn't any republican get this done during the 20 years they were in charge?

    November 25, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    For those on the Right insisting that this is a bad deal, tell us what the realistic alternative is? Ae usual, they have no answers because none of their alternatives are realistic.

    November 25, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    @just asking, listen guru, while Hillary was dealing Iran's president was Ahmajenejad, not this New president. I bet so only they elected this guy. He is more mature,more reasonable, more trustworthy. I think it is the tome to grab this opportunity and make friendship to middle-east than enemy. Don't be a fool.

    November 25, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Tommy G

    So exactly why are we to believe that Iran still won't have nucler weapons??? Nothing in this agreement would lead one to believe that. Obama has state dthey will not have nukes. He has already drawn the red line.

    November 25, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. $$$$

    j@ust asking
    why couldn't hillary clinton get this done in her four years as secretary of state???
    ----–
    Excellent point by you. I can not tell you one single thing that she accomplished as S of S, other than visit 140 million countries around the world. I am no fan of John Kerry to be sure. But I give him great credit for really busting his - ever since he took over from Clinton. I just hope this does not turn out to be a "peace in our time" moment per Neville Chamberlain in 1938. When it comes to Iran our policy should be Don't Trust and Verify Twice.

    November 25, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. tom l

    @Data
    With regards to Benghazi, just go to fact check dot org and look at the Benghazi timeline. It's so obvious that they knew and covered it up. You are far too smart to ignore facts.

    And, again, this has nothing to do with being attacked. This is why I don't like us being in so many foreign countries and the fact that you bring up attacks during the Bush presidency have zero relevance. We're talking about credibility, AGAIN, from this administration and their lack of having any. It is not cool to have our president tell us something he knows not to be true. Just watch Obama's speech at the U.N. TWO WEEKS AFTER the attack. Tell me what he talks about. He talks about the video. This is two weeks later. It's disgusting and I don't understand how you can't equate the seriousness of our president blatantly lying to us about something like this.

    November 25, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Well done Mr. President and Sect'y of State Kerry.
    Indeed: Verify, verify, verify.

    November 25, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |