Iran’s Rouhani: Uranium enrichment is our red line, and “for us, red lines are not crossable”

posted at 9:31 am on November 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The precise details of the reported would-be dealmaking that almost went down in Geneva over the weekend have yet to be released, but diplomatic negotiations with Iran are set to continue later this month — and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani’s first post-conference order of business was to reassure irate Iranians (particularly upset over France’s “adventurist and immature” deal-blocking behavior, go figure) that he has no intention of bowing to any sort of international cease-and-desist orders on their uranium enrichment. Via the AP:

Iranian officials said Sunday the country made progress with world powers during “serious” talks over Tehran’s nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment as negotiations move into tougher ground over ways to ease Western concerns that Iran could one day develop atomic weapons.

… But President Hassan Rouhani and his top envoys seek to assure hard-line critics that Iran will not make sweeping concessions in the negotiations, which ended without agreement in Geneva early Sunday and are scheduled to resume next week. …

In an address to parliament, Rouhani said uranium enrichment is a “red line” that cannot be crossed.

“Nuclear rights in the international framework, including uranium enrichment, on its soil” are not negotiable, Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semiofficial ISNA news agency. “For us red lines are not crossable.” …

France’s main contention with the apparent deal on the table was that it didn’t come down hard enough on Iran’s enrichment levels; the Associated Press helpfully points out that Iran’s current highest-level enrichment stands at 20 percent, and that “such material is needed for Iran’s lone research reactor, which makes isotopes for medical treatments, but is only just several steps away from warhead level at more than 90 percent enrichment. Energy-producing reactors use uranium enriched at levels of about 3.5 percent.” Indeed.

Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, took to the Sunday airwaves to give his take on the talks:

I’d say a number of nations, not just the French, but ourselves and others, wanted to make sure that we had the tough language necessary, the clarity in the language necessary, to be absolutely certain that we were doing the job and not granting more or doing something sloppily that could wind up with a mistake. This is serious business, and I think every country came there, this is the first time that the P5 had come together with this kind of a serious set of possible options in front of it with a new Iranian government. Remember, that this has changed since the election, this is a new overture, and it has to be put to the test very, very carefully. So, I think there was unity there, David, with respect to getting it right. We always said, President Obama has been crystal clear, Don’t rush, we’re not in a rush, we need to get the right deal. No deal is better than a bad deal, and we are certainly adhering to that concept.

Except that, evidently, there wasn’t unity on that concept, although Kerry went on to say that the Obama administration is “not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid” when it comes to keeping Iran in check. …If you say so.


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Obama again gets his candy azz handed to him. We are so screwed.

SteveInRTP on November 11, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Yeah, I believe you as much as i believe Øbama, which is to say, you are both “really good liars,” to quote angry Michelle Øbama.

ExpressoBold on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Three more years of this.

/double facepalm

ElectricPhase on November 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

We always said, President Obama has been crystal clear

Clear as a fog bank rolling in over the Chicago waterfront.

When Barky starts out a statement by saying “Let me be clear”, we’re all standing by for the big fat lie.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

At times like this I’m glad that we have the steady hand of Obama at the helm.

crrr6 on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I can not figure out why there is a rush to make an awful deal with Iran. Is this administration so friggen stupid that they actually believe appeasement will work this time, even though it has failed every other time under Obama? No one in charge of anything in this administration is capable of any type of critical self analysis, are they?

NotCoach on November 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Obama is getting rope-a-doped again….and he is loving it.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I can not figure out why there is a rush to make an awful deal with Iran.
NotCoach on November 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

1. Change subject from ObamaCare.
2. Kerry wants that “accomplishment” on his resume when he runs for President in 2016.
3. Obama is always willing to offer friends of the Muslim Brotherhood a helping hand.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Wow thanks to the limp wristed Dems and their limp wristed Prezzy America is being pwned by the like of a mideast muslim nutjob. It gets better. Our sec of state is a punk who defines the term weak. Get it yet lefties. A weak country is a dead country.

neyney on November 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

NotCoach on November 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

In Obama-land, it’s all about perception.

1st black (well, at least half) president. check
Passed healthcare statutes into law. check
Bring troops home. check
Make nuclear deal with Iran. check

It doesn’t matter that none of things are good, implemented well or are good for America.

It’s all about the vibes, man. The good vibes he gets from his sycophants and hangers-on for these “accomplishments”.

SteveInRTP on November 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I can not figure out why there is a rush to make an awful deal with Iran.

NotCoach on November 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Legacy Numero Uno for Obama is on life support. His poll numbers are at an all time low.

He’s lost his American support, he’s not about to lose his Muslim support too. Hence a nice wet kiss for the Iranians.

fogw on November 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

They don’t get it, neyney.
They think that Obama is strong, smart and articulate. All demonstrably false.
They think Obamacare just needs people to shut up and participate and it will work.
They think that there really is no crises with Iran, the Iranians are just misunderstood and Kerry is the guy to figure it all out.

ORconservative on November 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

We always said, President Obama has been crystal clear, Don’t rush, we’re not in a rush, we need to get the right deal. No deal is better than a bad deal, and we are certainly adhering to that concept.

No health care bill would have been better than a bad health care bill. Not giving guns to Mexican cartels would have been better than a bad gun running fiasco. And not having a President would be better than having this one.

Flange on November 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Time to start telling O and Kerry that they’re negotiating with Islamic Republicans. That’ll put an end to it… and they’ll start calling them “terrorists” to boot.

mankai on November 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

At times like this I’m glad that we have the steady hand of Obama at the helm.

crrr6 on November 11, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Right! Look! Up ahead! Is that an iceberg?

Oldnuke on November 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

to be absolutely certain that we were doing the job and not granting more or doing something sloppily that could wind up with a mistake.

Er …, you mean like, I dunno, something like the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, and its subsequent rollout, or non-rollout in October, and its “If you like your plan, you can keep your Plan” debacle in November, to be shortly followed by your “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” fiasco come December?

Do you mean that kind of sloppily and mistake Mr. Kerry?

parke on November 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

So Rouhini was just twerking with John Kerry?

oldroy on November 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Obama is getting rope-a-doped again….and he is loving it.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The One’s “dream” is to be the President who gets to make a big speech about “our long nightmare in the Mideast” being over, and that it’s “a time to heal”.

After Iran nukes Israel and rids The One and the American Left of all those “turbulent Jews”, that is.

The trouble is, The One’s determination to play Henry II, with Israel as Thomas Becket, is matched by Iran’s desire to play the role of Reginald fitzUrse.

The fact that The One, Hillary, JFKook, and the “progressives” in general think that if Israel is erased from the map, all our problems in the region (and with Islam) will disappear with it, is just one more example of how dangerous their delusions really are.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I think Obama needs to replace John Kerry with Miley Cyrus. She would know how to twerk with the Persians.

oldroy on November 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

We always said, President Obama has been crystal clear, Don’t rush, we’re not in a rush, we need to get the right deal.

Uh, like the ‘deal’ Obama made with North Korea?

And just how well did that work out, Johnny boy?

GarandFan on November 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

So… no more Smart Diplomacy™?

(as if…)

CPT. Charles on November 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, took to the Sunday airwaves to give his take on the talks…

turfmann on November 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I think Obama needs to replace John Kerry with Miley Cyrus. She would know how to twerk with the Persians.

oldroy on November 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Heard that was in the talks (Kerry said nothing’s off the table). Turns out w/that doo the mullahs thought she was Justin Bieber, and suddenly the Americans had something they were interested in. Hence the talks to begin with.
Owe it all to Miley Justin.

onomo on November 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I was just reading about yesterday’s assassination of the deputy of whatever in Tehran yesterday. Don’t really give a crap about another Iranian assassination, although they are interesting, the comments on AlJazeera are something else.
The hate in the ME is stunning and the Obama/Kerry amateur hour is totally impotent to deal with it.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, maybe they should just play golf, go sailing or smoke crack and let the French deal with it.

ORconservative on November 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The one in the well.

Bmore on November 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

So… no more Smart Diplomacy™?

(as if…)

CPT. Charles on November 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Smart @ss Dimplomacy. The S.A.D. initiative.

onomo on November 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The fact that The One, Hillary, JFKook, and the “progressives” in general think that if Israel is erased from the map, all our problems in the region (and with Islam) will disappear with it, is just one more example of how dangerous their delusions really are.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I agree with you that they have a hatred for Israel that is only exceeded by the Muslims (or am I repeating myself?) but should a mushroom cloud appear over Tel Aviv, you can bet your @ss that there would be he!! to pay in Washington given this administration’s deliberate malfeasance, or should I say assistance.

I would think that there would be mobs of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall with something quite unprecedented in American history in mind. Just remember to save me a spot on Penna. Ave when the sh!t hits the fan. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

turfmann on November 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

“For us red lines are not crossable.”

Boom! Barry’s a worldwide laughingstock.

RadClown on November 11, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I bet John Kerry wears a burqa during the negotiations with the Iranians.

albill on November 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Heard that was in the talks (Kerry said nothing’s off the table). Turns out w/that doo the mullahs thought she was Justin Bieber, and suddenly the Americans had something they were interested in. Hence the talks to begin with.
Owe it all to Miley Justin.

onomo on November 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Persian Bieber Fever?

oldroy on November 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I agree with you that they have a hatred for Israel that is only exceeded by the Muslims (or am I repeating myself?) but should a mushroom cloud appear over Tel Aviv, you can bet your @ss that there would be he!! to pay in Washington given this administration’s deliberate malfeasance, or should I say assistance.

I would think that there would be mobs of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall with something quite unprecedented in American history in mind. Just remember to save me a spot on Penna. Ave when the sh!t hits the fan. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

turfmann on November 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

No. There would be celebrations in the Democratic Party and the White House, and the old liberal media would deny that any demonstrations happened.

slickwillie2001 on November 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Kerry: Obama prepared to use force in Iran after nuclear talks collapse

Could the negotiating strategy, if we can call it that, display any more buffoonery?

For years, Mr. Obama has been pushing the “negotiation” ane engagement line. Although it’s not too clear to most thinking people what actual negotiation has occurred- up until recently.

All during that time, Iran has grown its nuclear bomb making capabilities and intervened across the Middle East against American interests. They are directly implicated- either through the provision of funds, via surrogates or weapons/ordnance provision in the deaths of American military personnel and their allies.

What do we get from the President and Mr. Kerry in return?

Let’s negotiation and surreptitiously lift sanctions to show our stupidity goodwill.

No wait, on second thought- all options are still on the table.

Those sounds you hear are the Iranians laughing. All that’s missing from this circus are juggling clowns and dancing elephants.

Marcus Traianus on November 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Money quote:

Kerry went on to say that the Obama administration is “not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid”…

Wrong again horseface, the entire world looks at this administration as one big stupid failure…after another.

OldWeaselKeeper on November 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Kerry went on to say that the Obama administration is “not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid” when it comes to keeping Iran in check.

Sure thing, Lerch. Keep telling yourself that.

The rest of the world will be over in the corner peeing themselves laughing at your pathetic sorry a$$.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Persian Bieber Fever?

oldroy on November 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

It’ll leave a permanent rash right on the old imam every time.

onomo on November 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Iran is in the driver’s seat.

They threaten obama to change the US dollar…it’s all about the petro-dollar.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Except that, evidently, there wasn’t unity on that concept, although Kerry went on to say that the Obama administration is “not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid” when it comes to keeping Iran in check. …If you say so.

This rhetorical nugget by Kerry was a big deal, Imo, to wit: If he felt the need to state this explicitly on TV, it strongly suggests to me that someone very high up, either in Congress, the diplomatic community, or an allied government official directly involved in the negotiations said that to him right to his face, perhaps followed by “Now go home and get your f***in’ shine box.”

Sacramento on November 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Only our “reporting for duty” war hero John Kerry could make the French look tough.

RJL on November 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

What … another RED LINE?
Where have I heard that phrase before?
What’ll it be this time King Putt?
U235 at an enrichment level of say 20%? Or perhaps 50%?

You know at some point you arrive at a supercritical mass and boom!
And it ain’t asymptotic Mr. Community Organizer. (As if you’d have a clue as to what that means.)
Engineering an effective nuclear weapon is as simple as dropping a small bucket inside of another big bucket. And I doubt the Shia leadership give a gawdamn about S&A (Safe and Arming) technology.

Missilengr on November 11, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Missilengr on November 11, 2013 at 8:02 PM

The thing most Westerners (and especially progressives) miss about “The Islamist Bomb” is that when the “enlightened elite’” say, “well, they can’t make it one point safe, so they won’t do it at all“, the Islamist reaction is “so what?

Their religion demands the deaths of non-believers, and holds that those of the faithful who die in the holy war are martyrs who immediately go to Paradise.

What this means is that if they try to smuggle a physics package into Paris, and it goes off in Marseilles because some damn fool dropped it on the dock, it’s “the will of Allah”.

An “infidel” city will still be dead. A lot of “infidels”, as well. And any Muslims who die as a result are martyrs.

From their point of view, there is no downside. And thus no reason to worry about “one point safe”.

At some point our Fearless Leaders are going to have to learn that when the Islamists say , “we love death more than you love life“, they mean every word of it.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM