News / Middle East

Clinton Names Special Envoy to Expedite Iran Sanctions Implementation

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she is naming senior State Department diplomat Robert Einhorn to lead a U.S. government-wide effort to speed implementation of the new U.N. nuclear sanctions against Iran.  Clinton told reporters in Colombia that there are differences within the Iranian leadership over whether to pursue nuclear weapons.  

While the Security Council vote marked a successful end to months of intensive U.S. diplomacy on Iran, Clinton said she is taking nothing for granted and that the Obama administration is setting up an interagency team to pursue sanctions implementation.

In a talk with reporters traveling with her in Bogota, Clinton said that State Department Special Advisor for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Robert Einhorn will head up the U.S. effort.

Clinton lamented Iran's failure to respond to overtures from major powers to address concerns that its nuclear program is weapons related.  She said she believes from information from countries with direct dealings with Iran that there is not unanimity in Tehran about whether to acquire an atomic weapons capability.

"I do know from reports coming from a number of other countries that have had first-hand negotiations over the nuclear program that there is a diversity of opinion within the leadership - not over their right to enrich to use for peaceful nuclear purposes that is absolutely agreed to by everyone in the leadership, but whether or not there should be a move toward a breakout capacity of toward weapons," said Hillary Clinton. "There is a lot of debate within the [Iranian] leadership."

Clinton stressed that there is still ample room for diplomacy with Iran over the nuclear issue, despite the sanctions vote, and that Turkey and Brazil, which tried last-minute mediation with Tehran, can still play a role.

She stressed U.S. appreciation for what she said was the two countries' good-faith and hard work on the nuclear issue despite their "no" votes on the sanctions resolution.

"In the ongoing diplomatic outreach to Iran, I think that Turkey and Brazil will continue to play an important role," she said. "They chose for whatever reason, which perhaps they will explain later, to vote 'no' - in part, I'm sure, in their minds to keep the door open between themselves and Iran.  That's a legitimate assessment.  We disagree with their vote, but I can understand from a diplomatic perspective how they might be able to make a convincing case for how they voted today."

Clinton, who telephoned Lebanese President Michel Suleiman before the vote, said she believed Lebanon's abstention on the sanctions reflected Beirut's awareness that most Arab states are acutely concerned about Iran's nuclear program.

You May Like

UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger

Group warns region is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with at least 200,000 children under age of five acutely malnourished as drought hits southern, central part of nation More

Human Rights Groups Allege Supression of Freedoms in Thailand

Thailand’s military, police have suppressed release of independent report assessing human rights in kingdom during first 100 days of latest coup More

Jennifer Lawrence Contacts FBI After Nude Photos Hacked

'Silver Linings Playbook' actress' photos were posted on image-sharing forum 4chan; Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into matter More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forcesi
X
September 02, 2014 12:58 PM
A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists with the help of a state-of-the-art newsroom. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

AppleAndroid