Clinton threatens again Iran with ‘every’ option on table
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that every option against Iran will be on the table if a comprehensive agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program is not reached.
Speaking before a pro-Israel group in New York Wednesday night, Clinton said she does not believe a “comprehensive agreement” will be reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US – plus Germany over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“The odds of reaching that comprehensive agreement are not good,” she said before the American Jewish Congress in New York, adding that if talks over a final deal fail, Washington will not take any options off the table.
“Let’s be clear,” Clinton said, “every other option does remain on the table.”
Clinton made the remarks the same day Iran and the P5+1 group wrapped up a second round of negotiations in Vienna, Austria, with both sides describing the talks as useful and constructive.
The two sides reached an interim agreement on November 24, 2013, in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.
Under the Geneva agreement, the Sextet agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
Clinton’s threat against Iran also comes as US President Barack Obama said in a videotaped message to Iranians on the occasion of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, that he is “committed to diplomacy” in resolving differences between Washington and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear energy program.