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U.S. has offered no “freebies” to Iran: Obama

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during the 6th Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during the 6th Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday.

Exposing a rift with Israel, President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the U.S. had not “given anything away” in new talks with Iran and defended his administration’s continued push for a diplomatic resolution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Mr. Obama said that while he refused to let the nuclear negotiations turn into a “stalling process”, he was willing to see if Iran was negotiating in good faith. Earlier Sunday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed with that strategy, saying the U.S. and world powers gave Tehran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks next month.

“So far at least we haven’t given away anything, other than the opportunity for us to negotiate and see if Iran comes to the table in good faith,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference Sunday in Colombia, as he wrapped up a diplomatic mission to Latin America.

Winding down his three day trip in the port city of Cartagena, Mr. Obama also sought to offer hope for fresh start with Cuba, saying the U.S. would welcome the island’s transition to democracy. There could be an opportunity for such a shift to take place in the coming years, Mr. Obama said.

Standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Mr. Obama also proclaimed a free trade agreement between their countries as a “win-win.”

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@vyjayanthi.: The government's position on uranium enrichment is backed a 100% by at least 90% of the Iranian population even if the price is a confrontation with Israel and it's subservient regimes. At the end of the day the Iranian nation would not give up uranium enrichment even if it means full scale war with it's enemies. Never mind that Israeli attack theory, Israel has already fought and lost that war to Hezbullah in 2006.
With the Iranian economy supposedly "reeling", Iran's percapita GDP is still twice that of China or more than half of Malaysia.

from:  Tipu Qaimkhani
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012 at 00:09 IST

The Istanbul meeting on Saturday took off positively showcasing Iran's commitment for negotiations and the willingness for a 'step by step approach and reciprocity' by the world powers catching the attention of the international community.Iran should seize this opportunity and strive towards taking measures that will build confidence with the negotiators who are suspicious of her nuclear program as she is under UN sanctions for refusing to stop the enrichment program.The Iranian economy is reeling under the sanctions regarding oil sales and banking operations and it is the people who has taken the hit. The Iranian regime should consider the sufferings of its people, and on may 23 it should be at the negotiating table along with the world powers to initiate sincere dialogue process.As Mr.Ben Rhodes deputy White House national security adviser succinctly states - 'If they do,we would explore reciprocal actions that are responsive to concrete steps by Iranians'. Well, way to go.

from:  vyjayanthi
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 20:22 IST

Is really president of America wants to resolve it???
Are they ready for the negotiation ??? No one knows. It seems they have
been putting pressure on the Iranian president to accept their proposal.
There is something huge going on their mind which cannot seen write now,
it can only forecast.

from:  kamal
Posted on: Apr 16, 2012 at 14:22 IST
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