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Clinton: U.S. Preps for Tough Sanctions Against Iran

In Global News, Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton, news, Politics, United States on April 22, 2009 at 10:19 am
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2009, to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. At left is the committee's ranking Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 22, 2009, to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. At left is the committee's ranking Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

By trying to talk Iran out of its nuclear program, the U.S. is in a better position to organize tougher international sanctions in the event that diplomacy fails, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday.

“We actually believe that by following the diplomatic path we are on, we gain credibility and influence with a number of nations who would have to participate in order to make the sanctions regime as tight and as crippling as we would want it to be,” Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Iran denies that its nuclear program is intended to develop weapons.

The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported Wednesday that Iran welcomes a “constructive” dialogue with world powers over its nuclear program, but insisted that it won’t halt its uranium enrichment activities.

The Iranian report was in response to an invitation from the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia for a new round of nuclear talks. No date has been set.

Clinton said the administration is confident that with the help of international partners, it can put together a comprehensive sanctions regime against Iran, “should we need it.” She said it would be needed “in the event we are unsuccessful or stonewalled in our other approach.”

Clinton said Iran and its nuclear program are one of the administration’s highest foreign policy priorities.

“We are deploying new approaches to the threat posed by Iran and we’re doing so with our eyes wide open and with no illusions,” she said.

“We know the imperative of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” she added. “After years during which the United States basically sat on the sidelines, we are now a full partner” in international talks on Iran.

The committee chairman, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., asked Clinton how much time it would take to get results on Iran. She did not reply directly but said the administration believes it has set the stage for progress by interacting more directly with allies and by reaching out to the Iranian authorities.

“It is going to be a more successful engagement if our partners around the world understand they must work with us,” including on consultations aimed at imposing tougher sanctions on Iran, Clinton said.

“The fact that we are engaging … actually gives us more leverage with other nations.”

In her opening remarks to the panel, Clinton said the core goal of President Barack Obama’s anti-terror strategy is to defeat al-Qaida and prevent its return to Afghanistan.

Berman said the panel is concerned about Islamic extremists gaining momentum in Pakistan. The California Democrat said the U.S. cannot allow the extremists to take over Pakistan or to operate with impunity on Afghanistan’s border.

Clinton asserted in response that the international community is working closely together to address the problem of extremism in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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  3. I feel like some of the members of Congress were trying to paint her into a narrow political corner during her testimony.

    After the Obama admin. said they would open a dialogue with Iran, some groups in this country and in Israel went ballistic and I think the admin. and the Sec’y of State are getting a lot of pressure to tow more of a hard-line with Iran. The problem is, that is what we have done for the past 8 years and it hasn’t worked- in fact, it has generally made things worse.

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