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Published on December 3rd, 2010 | by Eli Clifton

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Clinton Hails Sanctions, Reiterates Obamas “Sincere Offer Of Dialogue” Before P5+1 Meetings Next Week

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Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the start of the IISS Manama Security Dialogue set for this weekend and next week’s P5+1 meetings in Geneva.

Clinton set out her expectations for the meeting, telling Rogin that when the P5+1 meet in Geneva, “We have to see what attitude [the Iranians] bring.”

She continued:

I don’t think we can put timetables on it. This is more of a day-by-day assessment. We know where we’re headed, and that is to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. We know we have the vast majority of the world with us on that. But I think we’re going to have to take stock of where we are after Geneva… The pressure’s not lifting because they’re coming to the table in Geneva. And then we’ll take it step by step.

Clinton told Rogin that she believes the Iranians are coming to the Geneva talks only because sanctions have taken a greater toll than they had anticipated.

[F]rom all that we hear from people in this region and beyond, they’re worried about the impact [of sanctions]. And so they’re returning to Geneva and we hope they are returning to negotiate.

But  progress on negotiations would be based on more than just the nuclear issue.

Clinton told Rogin:

We’ll have to see how the Iranians respond on other things we’ve engaged them on, such as the two hikers who are still there in prison and [former FBI agent Robert] Levinson, who is also in Iran in our opinion. So let’s see where it goes.”

In her remarks at the opening of the Manama Security Dialogue in Bahrain, Clinton emphasized the importance of engagement and the upcoming P5+1 meetings beginning on Monday.

She said:

Nearly two years ago, President (Barack) Obama extended your government a sincere offer of dialogue. We are still committed to this offer.

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We continue to make this offer of engagement with respect for your sovereignty and with regard for your interests, but also with an ironclad commitment to defending global security and the world’s interests in a peaceful and prosperous Gulf region.

She told the audience in Bahrain, which included Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, that the United States acknowledges Iran’s “right to a peaceful nuclear program” but warned that Iran must “fully address the world’s concerns about your nuclear activities.”

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Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute who focuses on money in politics and US foreign policy. He previously reported for the American Independent New Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



3 Responses to Clinton Hails Sanctions, Reiterates Obamas “Sincere Offer Of Dialogue” Before P5+1 Meetings Next Week

  1. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    Well, this is about the best one can expect. As Hillary’s presidential ambitions recede, she’ll perhaps become more dovish — or maybe she’s hoping to do the switcheroo with Biden in 2012, and is attempting to assure the president that she really does support his Iran policy.

  2. avatar Eric Bloodaxe says:

    Are the americans going to persuade Israel to give up it’s Nukes too?

  3. avatar dickerson3870 says:

    RE: “She [Clinton]…warned that Iran must ‘fully address the world’s concerns about your nuclear activities’.” – Clifton article
    MY COMMENT: And the U.S. should “fully address” Iran’s “concerns” about the Stuxnet attack on its facilities, and the assassinations (and attempted assassinations) of its nuclear scientists. Surely the U.S. can provide Iran with irrefutable proof that the U.S. and its agents were not involved in (and did not provide funding for) any of these terroristic acts.(lol)

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