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    Clinton: Significant Differences Remain Over Iran's Nuclear Program

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington May 24, 2012Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington May 24, 2012
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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington May 24, 2012
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington May 24, 2012
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "significant differences" remain over Iran's nuclear program following two days of talks in Baghdad. She also says Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped in the capture of Osama bin Laden is "unjust."

    Secretary Clinton says the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany set forth detailed proposals on all aspects of Iran's uranium enrichment during this week's talks in Baghdad. Iran, she says, put forth its own ideas, and significant differences remain.

    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says the two sides found "some common ground" and agreed to more talks in Moscow June 18 and 19.  

    Secretary Clinton says those talks will seek to address the remaining differences. "As we lay the groundwork for these talks, we will keep up the pressure as part of our dual-track approach.  All of our sanctions will remain in place and will continue to move forward during this period. Iran now has the choice to make: will it meet its international obligations and give the world confidence in its intentions or not?," she said.

    Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes.  The United States and its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

    Secretary Clinton spoke to reporters following talks with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully. They discussed NATO actions in Afghanistan, political reform in Burma, and plans for elections in Fiji.

    Secretary Clinton also denounced the 33-year prison sentence handed down by a Khyber tribal court Wednesday against Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden.

    "We regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence.  His help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers.  That was clearly in Pakistan's interests as well as ours and the rest of the world," she said.

    Dr. Afridi was convicted of treason for running a fake vaccination campaign that helped the CIA obtain DNA samples as part of efforts to confirm the al-Qaida leader's presence in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.  U.S. special forces killed bin Laden during a covert raid on that compound last May.

    Secretary Clinton says Dr. Afridi's actions were in no way a betrayal of Pakistan and his treatment is, in her words, "unjust and unwarranted."  She says the United States is continuing to raise his case as part of a series of issues with the Pakistani government, which include reopening supply routes to Afghanistan.

    A Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters Thursday that the Afridi case "will be decided in accordance with Pakistani laws and by the Pakistani courts."  He said the United States and Pakistan need to "respect each other's legal processes."

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    by: Iran from: tehran
    May 27, 2012 5:24 AM
    It is Iran's INALIEANBLE RIGHT to enrich uranium, as stated in NPT.

    AN INALIEANBLE RIGHT is a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred.


    http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Documents/Infcircs/Others/infcirc140.pdf

    Article IV of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
    1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the INALIENABLE RIGHT of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.


    THESE TALKS OF NOWHERE IS ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF TALK IN ORDER TO KEEP GAS PRICES LOW DURING OBAMA RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN, ISRAEL IS TO CONTINUE WITH BS.

    US IS DETERMINED TO KEEP SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN FOR A REGIME CHANGE, A REGIME LIKE HUSNI MUBARAK AND SHAH IRAN ON US'S PAYROLL. IT IS A LONG PROCESS !!!

    Therefore, NPT IS ACTUALLY FOOLISH, NONSENSE.

    As a member of NPT, Iran can't make nukes for self-defense but israel, not a member of NPT can have nukes for self-defense, as well as the US.

    NPT IS FOOLING !!!

    Facts speak for themselves, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. (Syria is in process)

    The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran will not negotiate with the major powers over its inalienable rights, rights that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred. Iran is ready to hold serious talks without preconditions, he added, BUT will not le be tricked out with sweet words.

    by: Monkey from: Canada
    May 26, 2012 8:08 PM
    Thank you George from US. I so agree with you. And few Canadians would agree Jeff.

    Last thing Iran wants is trouble. Tehran skyline is full of cranes. There is a lot of construction, I guessed financed by Iranian and foreign funds and all would be lost if Iran got involved in a messy war.

    by: NVO from: USA
    May 25, 2012 1:53 PM
    Clinton is a NEW WORLD ORDER DRONE, affiliated with the Bilderbergs, The Trilateral Commission, The Counsil on Foreign Relations. ALL pushing for REVELATION 13:16, AND a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. She is also affiliated with the Rothschilds, and the Rockefellers, the GLOBAL ELITES, that want to microchip every human. Beware of PROJECT ESHELON!!!

    by: George from: USA
    May 25, 2012 10:31 AM
    Jeff Kuryk from: Western Canada: I don't understand why Canadians are so brainwashed. In fact, Canada is the most pro-Israel country in the world, even more so than the US.

    So, when did "Iran threatens Israel," genius? You still believe that "wipe out Israel" garbage? Grow up! It was all based on a ms-translation of a SINGLE sentence in 2005. How long are you going to drag it on?

    In contrast, Israel constantly threatens Iran with nuclear annihilation with the idiotic, "All options are on the table."

    by: Dan from: new york
    May 25, 2012 2:05 AM
    Who is monitoring the U.S nuclear program? After all isn't the U.S the only country ever to drop nuclear bombs on another country? We have more nuclear weapons than any other country and we have the nerve to try to tell other countries what they can and can't do.Hilary looks like an old hag backed by a bully flying around the world telling other governments how to run their countries......and you wonder why most of the world hate us.

    by: Jeff Kuryk from: Western Canada
    May 25, 2012 12:49 AM
    Current dominos in play: Iran threatens Israel who attacks Iran who tries to close the Strait of Hormuz setting in play the Carter Doctrine leading to war and the immediate doubling of oil prices setting off a recession in Western economies. If the war lasts long the price of oil is predicted to quadruple until demand drops due to a loss of demand. For more info watch the YouTube video "How to Save the USA - Part #1 and #2"

    by: George from: USA
    May 24, 2012 11:48 PM
    This phony dispute should be very easy to settle. The problem is that the US follows Israeli orders blindly and cannot make any kind of reasonable compromise. It expects Iran to give in to everyone of its demands but does not want to offer anything in return.

    The main problem is that in an election year Obama cannot afford to make a settlement with Iran as he will be labeled as weak by the Republicans.

    These negotiations are just a charade and at the end the US will blame Iran for the disputes and will impose more stupid sanctions on that country.

    by: Aarky from: Ft Smith, USA
    May 24, 2012 11:34 PM
    H Clinton and the shills that are involved in "The Sky is Falling" Hysteria do so at the direction of Israel and their propagandists in the US. Even though the intell sides of both Israel and the US say there is no problem, and Benny Ganz, the head of the IDF chides Netanyahu for being extremist and fear mongering, the political side ,especially the US, rushes ahead with
    sanctions, embargoes, and saber rattling. It's a very dangerous game they are playing. They know they are lying, so it would be nice if they tell us why.

    by: LieutenantCharlie from: Ohio
    May 24, 2012 10:48 PM
    This is news? What Moron could not guess that SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES would exist between the Free World and the ISLAMIC TERRORISTS in Iran?

    by: mark from: il
    May 24, 2012 10:39 PM
    She is going to make a run for the white house after Obama's second term. And she will win . Democrats got it going on . republicans are in pieces.

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