Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations
March 19th, 2014
11:46 PM ET
6 months ago

Hillary Clinton casts doubt on success of Iranian nuclear negotiations

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New York (CNN) – Hillary Clinton cast doubt Wednesday on whether Iran would ultimately agree to halt its nuclear program, the end goal of a longstanding U.S. effort that President Barack Obama has touted as a top foreign policy achievement.

Clinton told the American Jewish Congress in New York that she was “personally skeptical that the Iranians would follow through and deliver” on the interim deal Obama announced late last year, which mandated Iran reduce its stockpile of highly enriched uranium and allow inspectors into some of its facilities.

“I have seen their behavior over years,” Clinton said of Iran. “But this is a development that is worth testing.”

Obama has maintained optimism a final deal can be reached with Iran to end its nuclear program, though he’s admitted the plan “may not succeed.”

On Tuesday, Clinton said there were other routes for the United States should the talks fail.

“Let’s be clear,” Clinton said. “Every other option does remain on the table.”

But speaking to an audience of Jewish leaders that included several members of Congress, the former secretary of state also backed Obama in dissuading Congress from passing further sanctions on Iran during negotiations.

“If the world judges fairly or unfairly that negotiations have collapsed because of the actions by our Congress, even some of our closest partners will falter,” she said. “So we want to give space for diplomacy to work.”

A bipartisan group of senators was poised to pass additional sanctions on Iran last year, though calls for a vote died down after Obama said he needed time for diplomacy to work with Iran.

Clinton's appearance at the American Jewish Congress gala had its lighter moments. Clinton proclaimed herself a fan of “The Good Wife” on CBS, whose star Julianna Margulies introduced her. And Israeli singer Liel Kolet came down off the stage to serenade Clinton at her seat during the dinner.


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  1. kafantaris2

    The lesson for Iran from Crimea is that calcified and anachronistic Russia was left the big loser - the ways of old don’t work anymore.
    This is particularly sobering for Iran that aspires military might.
    But for what?
    To bully its neighbors and scare away economic opportunity?
    Better to bury the hatchet at all cost and find new ways to get along.
    This is the way of our interconnected world - and the only proven way to improve the lives of all citizens.

    March 20, 2014 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    My simple hope, based on US GOPers' foreign policy intent, is that US foreign policy desires are not upstaged from policing the world to dictating for the world. Seem to me that under the pressure of Russia/Crimea annexation, everyone is forgetting the world view on the matter via the UN.

    March 20, 2014 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Shocker ! I Agree ! Bring on the band please boom boom boom ! Now or later ! USA or Israel ? Pick your Unfortunate prize america ! Dems think they can unradicalize extremist Iran ! just wait you are all repub . Dont n0 it yet . Sad oh . Sorry America ill Fight 4 you ! good by .

    March 20, 2014 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Chris-E...al

    The lord said the meek shall own the earth ! Wonder Why ! Maybe they didnt get nuked ? Yep ? zzzzz 's !

    March 20, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. www.twitter.com/hlmelsaid

    Her record for 2016 campaign.

    March 20, 2014 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  6. just saying

    “Let’s be clear,” Clinton said. “Every other option does remain on the table.”
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    wow, that's tough talk which of course was her only reason for saying it. she has to appear tough enough for the job. but she certainly proved in her handling of benghazi that she refused to exercise any options even as people were under attack and being murdered. hillary clinton is an empty pants suit just like obama. tough talk is all they have but now that people know that, what good is it? it sure gives putin a good laugh i guess.

    March 20, 2014 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  7. Sendro

    Smart lady!!

    March 20, 2014 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  8. Jan Nappylotto

    And she is making statements and currently serving the United States in what official capacity?
    As Obama's popularity continues to drop, don't be surprised of more daggers being stabbed into his back by Team Clinton.

    March 20, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    And her distancing herself from Obama begins.......

    March 20, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  10. salty dog

    Here's the sad truth rwnj, you boy George has literally destroyed any chance of any other country standing with us, regardless of the cause, he had completely destroyed out credibility, to say otherwise is just foolish.

    March 20, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  11. salty dog

    Bush cried wolf so many times, we're on our own from here out, the world knows we wanted oil, and seen what he was willing to do to get it, that's why we are mutually despised.

    March 20, 2014 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  12. salty dog

    How absolutely arrogant and ignorant do you have yo be to think your going to take advantage of Iraq's civil strife to invade their country, in an attempt to gain control over their oilfields, all in the name of democracy . Just because your willing to throw thousands of young Americans into certain death for your oil money, gives you no right to invade another country, they suffered much more than we did, no wonder they wanted us out, no matter how unprepared they were to govern themselves.

    March 20, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  13. salty dog

    In that context, go ahead and work yourselves up into a freedom frenzy, I'll thank the president for not playing games, and acting like an adult. Those who call him weak, are ignorant indeed. War is fine when you profit, without personal sacrifice, our politicians know that all to well. Think a little bigger on this, its simply not our problem, if the surrounding countries want to do something, they can ask for help, we're not the only ones with an army. They have all seen what bush did to our economy over the wars.

    March 20, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Whoa, simmer down Hillary. Since Hannity's staff only reads the headline, his entire program will be devoted to another baseless attack on the president. Not only that, now we have to listen to more war crap coming from Fox, Graham, McCain, Cheney, and Guiliani.

    March 20, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  15. salty dog

    And in the end, we all paid the price, George walked out the richest man to leave the oval office, just like he said he would, Cheney did to, despite the lies, ruined economy, and bloodied image worldwide, they both adamantly stated, they would do it all again, how can anyone seriously vote for these clowns . Never mind that if we now needed a strong army, we don't have one, they're depleted mentally, and the government doesn't care, look at the vets coming home, their a mess, God bless their souls.

    March 20, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    UN already inspected right? Well, USA needs to worry on home-front, like Jobs, Infrastructure, Energy–look oil prices are shooting up. Immigration etc. Pass term-limits, voter reform, foreign-contracts etc. Then worry on Iran, Ukraine etc.

    March 20, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Most Americans have already cast doubt on that. She's very late in making that assessment.

    March 20, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. salty dog

    Another voice of reason, all the gop sees is dollar signs, more contracts please, and of course fresh fodder for the MIC.

    March 20, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Dean

    "At this point, what does it matter?"

    March 20, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. Julienne

    It's too late for her to become relevant. She didn't do didly-squat while she was Secretary of State. (re: See Benghazi)

    March 20, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. rla

    I don't need Hillary to tell me this I have watched failure after failure for 5 years

    March 20, 2014 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. salty dog

    She has a lot of baggage, yet right now, could literally walk into the whitehouse, and the gop can't understand why, what chance do they have of changing into a more acceptable party. They clearly understand the problem, but they have zero intention of changing, they will tell you whatever lie you need to hear, but change, not gonna happen .

    March 20, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    I don't think that there was ever any unwavering expectation that Iran would fully comply with the agreement. But, it looks better to increase sanctions on them after they have demonstrated untrustworthiness, instead of making loud noises and then imposing stiffer sanctions. It's called giving them some rope. It makes stiffer sanctions more justiffied, instead of the U.S. simply picking on them wiithout cause.

    March 20, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. smith

    I agree with H. Clinton on this one. The current actions of Russia have changed everything.

    March 20, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. Winning

    What a misleading headline. She has the exact same view on this as the Obama administration does, yet CNN puts this headline up there to make it seem like she is at odds.

    March 20, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |