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Cartagena, Colombia - Obama: US Has Offered No "Freebies" To Iran

Published on: April 15, 2012 07:18 PM
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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, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)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, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Cartagena, Colombia - 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.

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.

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“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,” Obama said during a news conference Sunday in Colombia, as he wrapped up a diplomatic mission to Latin America. But Obama warned, “The clock’s ticking.”

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

Standing alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Obama also proclaimed a free trade agreement between their countries as a “win-win.” Obama announced that the trade pact can be fully enforced next month, now that Colombia has enacted a series of protections for workers and labor unions.


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 Apr 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM Anonymous Says:

My 4 year old understands that giving Iran more time, on top of weeks, months, and years previously given, simply allows it more time to complete its nuclear task.

What about Obama, and his liberal Jewish supporters, causes them to fail to understand this?

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 Apr 15, 2012 at 08:30 PM Yossi Says:

"the clock is ticking" until he re-sets it and gives Iran even MORE time to build a nuclear weapon.

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 Apr 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

My 4 year old understands that giving Iran more time, on top of weeks, months, and years previously given, simply allows it more time to complete its nuclear task.

What about Obama, and his liberal Jewish supporters, causes them to fail to understand this?

My Graduate Students whom I may know understand that this is not a simple situation and that jumping into the cannon shell against a sovereign nation and endorsing a bombing campaign right off the bat if that is your idea is with a major pricetag and major disruption in all word events. Maybe you need to educate your 4 year old to be a little more studious and apt at world events.

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 Apr 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM am Says:

only looking to buy time and the elections - but it ain't gonna help him!!!!!!!!!

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 Apr 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM ABRAMO Says:

to #3 tell your genius graduate students that giving Iran more time to build their nuclear reactor will cause a worse scenario and higher price tag and catastrophic results.
Even my 4 year old knows more than your brightest graduate students can comprehend; that Obama is a very dangerous politician, the likes of which, we haven't seen since Hitler.

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 Apr 16, 2012 at 07:50 AM Reb Yid Says:

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ABRAMO Says:

to #3 tell your genius graduate students that giving Iran more time to build their nuclear reactor will cause a worse scenario and higher price tag and catastrophic results.
Even my 4 year old knows more than your brightest graduate students can comprehend; that Obama is a very dangerous politician, the likes of which, we haven't seen since Hitler.

He's the absent minded professor, so you can imagine how erudite his students must be. He can't even write a grammatically correct sentence.

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 Apr 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM Benny Says:

#5 and #6 - well said

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 Apr 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

My Graduate Students whom I may know understand that this is not a simple situation and that jumping into the cannon shell against a sovereign nation and endorsing a bombing campaign right off the bat if that is your idea is with a major pricetag and major disruption in all word events. Maybe you need to educate your 4 year old to be a little more studious and apt at world events.

I feel only rachmonus for your "graduate students, #3. If only they had a teacher who knew how to write grammatically and how to punctuate properly.

Some "graduate teacher"!!

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