Clinton: Washington Will Consult Arab Allies on Iran
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton says any overtures Washington makes to Iran will be done in
consultation with its Middle East allies.
Her remarks Monday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, follow
comments from a State Department spokesman that Clinton had been trying to
assure her counterpart from the United Arab Emirates about U.S.-Iranian
The Window of Opportunity for US Iran Relations
by Sahar Jooshani, NIAC
"You can't bomb
Litwak, Director of the Division of International Security
Studies at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. According to
Litwak, bombing Iran's nuclear sites will not deter future
technological developments. US military action, he explained, would
only trigger major responses worldwide, specifically a worsening of
the fragile state of Iraq and "a rally around the flag effect in
U.S. commits to arms control, engaging with Iran
By Borzou Daragahi, Los
Reporting from Vienna --
At the first board meeting of the world's nuclear watchdog since the
inauguration of President Obama, his envoy today committed the
United States to diplomatic outreach and disarmament of its own
nuclear stockpile as ways to dissuade nations such as Iran from
pursuing atomic weapons.
Arab neighbors have expressed concern about a possible regional ascendancy of
The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Clinton had
privately downplayed the possibility of Iran taking the United States up on an
offer of dialogue.
Breaking with the previous administration, U.S. President Barack Obama has said
his administration is willing to engage with Iran, in a relationship strained
most recently by Tehran's nuclear program.
Earlier in the day, Iran dismissed comments by the top U.S. military chief that
it has enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said Monday Tehran could not
possibly further enrich the uranium it has without international inspectors
The International Atomic Energy Agency, which monitors Iranian production, says
Iran has 1,010 kilograms of low-enriched uranium, which can be used for nuclear
energy. A more complicated process is needed to further enrich uranium into
weapons-grade material, and it remains unclear if Iran is capable of doing that.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei Monday urged Iran to unblock the stalemate in order
to build confidence in its program.
On Sunday, the top U.S. military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mike Mullen, said on CNN Iran has stockpiled enough material to make a nuclear
A Pentagon spokesman Monday clarified those remarks, noting that Mullen was
asked about fissile material, which covers all forms of uranium. The spokesman
said Mullen was referring to low-grade uranium.
The clarification followed remarks in a separate interview Sunday on NBC, by
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who said Iran is not close to having either
a nuclear weapon, or a nuclear stockpile.
The United Nations nuclear agency said in a report last month that Iran had
significantly increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium since November.
Some experts say Iran has enough of the material to convert into high-enriched
uranium for one nuclear bomb.
Iran says its nuclear work is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.
The IAEA began a week-long meeting of its board Monday. ElBaradei also said that
"the apparent fresh approach by the international community" to talk to Iran
also will help resolve the dispute. He did not mention the U.S. by name, but his
remarks were widely seen as a reference to the administration of President
Obama, who has said he is willing to open a dialogue with Tehran.
Asked about the possibility of a strategic relationship with Iran, Defense
Secretary Gates said Sunday that is up to Tehran. He said he has been searching
for "the elusive Iranian moderate" for 30 years, adding, he is still looking.
information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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