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Rex W. Tillerson
I think this was one of the mistakes in how that agreement was put together, is that it completely ignored all of the other serious threats that Iran poses.feedback
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Apr 25 2017
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Donald J. Trump

As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape. We're building our military rapidly. Because that is what it is, it is a menace right now. I really have confidence that the President (Xi Jinping) will try very hard. We don't know whether or not they're able to do that, but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very, very hard.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

The Qatari hunters entered Iraq's territory in an official way, and they were granted visas. They should have been directly protected by the Ministry of Interior, but unfortunately, they were abducted.feedback

Gholamali Khoshroo

Today we heard unsubstantiated allegations against my country which I categorically reject as misleading propaganda campaigning against Iran and its role in the region.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as Iran is concerned I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed. They are not living up to the spirit of the agreement, I can tell you that, and we're analyzing it very, very carefully and we'll have something to say about it in the not too distant future. It was a terrible agreement, it shouldn't have been signed, it shouldn't have been negotiated the way it is negotiated. I'm all for agreements but that was a bad one, as bad as I've ever seen negotiated.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Trying to discern where the administration stands on a variety of national security issues is nearly impossible so long as the president sees no need for coherence and treats foreign policy as a series of discrete public-relations exercises, unrelated to other actions and messages we send to foes and allies. He equates “winning” with a good news cycle, without much regard for what foreign policy objectives we are pursuing.feedback

Mark W. Warner

China, Russia and Iran have real, long-term strategies. Why don't we have one, too?feedback

Sean Spicer

What part is misleading? I'm trying to figure that out. We were asked a question about what signal it sent. We answered the question on what signal it sent. I'm not the one who commented on timing.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The evidence is clear: Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world. As I indicated at the beginning, the Trump administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy. Once we have finalized our conclusions we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

An unchecked Iran has the potential to follow the same path as North Korea and take the world along with it. The United States is keen to avoid a second piece of evidence that strategic patience is a failed approach.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

This deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face in North Korea. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear Iran's provocative actions threaten the U.S., the region and the world.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea – and to take the world along with it.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The JCPOA fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran. It only delays their goal of becoming a nuclear state. The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In my opinion, the way information was given was incorrect. The nation was not given the correct information. And then we saw what was said did not materialise. Sanctions continued, new sanctions were imposed, some of them were extended. In the agreement, the capacity for legal follow-up had not been envisaged.feedback

Paul Waldman

As a candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump agreed with all his Republican colleagues that the Iran nuclear deal that the United States negotiated along with China, Russia, Great Britain, France and Germany was a disaster, a catastrophe, a calamity. But now, the Trump administration is taking the position that it might actually be working out fine.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The U.S. Department of State certified to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan today that Iran is compliant through April 18 with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.feedback

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed - United Nations

Further military escalation and humanitarian suffering will not bring the parties closer together.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror, through many platforms and methods.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for Islamic State terrorists. And yet, these should be lesser concerns in the bigger scheme.feedback

Jon Alterman

The Saudi concern is strategically Iran... The near-term Saudi concern is how they send a message to the Iranians in Yemen, and they would like full-throated American support. They would also like more American support in fighting terrorism in the Sinai peninsula and they like more American confidence that they are doing it the right way.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

If our U.S. colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group. What has changed is that Trump is now the American president. He reacted with deep emotion to the reports he was receiving of the deaths of Syrian civilians from the poison gas attacks. Voices from the U.S. Congress demanding that the administration seek congressional approval of deeper U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war are being heard. How the president will answer those demands is as yet unclear.feedback

Josh Rogin

Lawmakers will soon begin moving bills to sanction Assad, Russia and Iran.feedback

Amanda Clack

Is there an opportunity here for UK business? Of course there is.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I do not think it has a message for Iran. Iran is a powerful country and people like Mr. Trump or the United States administration cannot hurt Iran. Those who are the directors must give the role (of president) to a person who can pull it off best. A woman cannot put up a good war face. A man can do that better. They need to come up with a figure and say he is very dangerous. The problem about the nuclear deal is how they advertised it. Both parties have represented it in such a way as if it can solve all the issues of human history. It was incorrect. It later turned out to be untrue.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The strengthening of the capability of the Iranian armed forces ... is only for defending the country and we will ask no one's permission to build up the armed forces, and to build missiles and aircraft.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

At present, we are in close contact with the United States and South Korea and, in addition to urging (the North) to refrain from provocative actions and observe relevant UN (United Nations) Security Council resolutions, we will take all necessary steps to protect our people's lives and assets.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

From today on preserving the nuclear deal will be one of the most important domestic, political and economic issues for the Iranian nation. The Iranian nation will not stop half way, and will continue down its path. We'll not go back halfway. We'll continue down our path until the end.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

From now on, protecting the deal is one of the most important economic and political issues. We do not withdraw.feedback

William J. Perry

The danger is we could get into some kind of a military conflict with them and it could escalate into a nuclear war. If they are cornered and their regime is about to collapse then they might use the nuclear weapons.feedback

Richard Bitzinger

Shooting down a test missile will be tantamount to an act of war, and so would be attacking a North Korean nuclear site.feedback

William J. Perry

A strike would either be against the nuclear test sire of launch facility. We have to understand the regime in North Korea, while they are evil, they are not crazy. They are not seeking martyrdom. They are not suicidal. I don't think they are going to launch an unprovoked nuclear attack. It's bluster on their part.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

Its my sense that Trump is giving China the time and opportunity to step up pressure on Pyongyang.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Once again, I am here for Iran, for Islam, for freedom and for more stability in this country. I am urging all Iranians to vote for Iran and for Islam. From today, protecting the nuclear deal is one of my main plans in political and economic fields.feedback

David Vargas - ATR

They will definitely help Iran Air to modernize and develop regional connectivity across the country.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump would not be the first U.S. president who turned from failed domestic policy initiatives to foreign policy. As we saw even with limited military action against Syria, the public does rally to a commander in chief, especially when America’s moral and pragmatic interests are aligned. Trump is fortunate insofar as Democrats and Republicans are ready to act on several fronts.feedback

Mohammad Nateqi

First, people are concerned now about how Americans view Afghanistan, and whether or not they will change their minds about supporting us. The relationship between Afghanistan, the United States, and NATO has been very strong. But if there are bad relations between Iran, the United States, and Russia, it will be very dangerous for us.feedback

Gul Ahmad Azami

We are worried that Afghanistan will become another Syria, with world powers confronting each other here.feedback

Mohammad Akram Arefi

Iran is worried that with American troops in Afghanistan, the two militaries will end up confronting each other. Iran also wants to revive its power in the region, by having influence over Afghanistan. And with America here, they can't have the type of influence they want.feedback

Sean Spicer

Russia is in an island on this. This is not some big split as to how this actually happened. The only countries that aren't supporting the US's position are Syria, North Korea, Iran and Russia. This is not exactly a happy-time cocktail party of people that you want to be associated with. They are failed states with the exception of Russia.feedback

Hossein Ghayoumi

Ahmadinejad registering is a big plus for Rouhani. He is planning to fight with the hard-liners, not us. Let them be.feedback

Ali Vaez

The irony is that by spoiling the conservatives' game and taking away from Raisi's voter-base, Ahmadinejad is in fact aiding Rouhani's re-election. Ahmadinejad knows full well that his candidacy is an affront to Khamenei who had publicly barred him from running. Disqualifying Ahmadinejad is hard, but not impossible.feedback

Hamid Farahvashian

Khamenei will not forget this move, which was aimed to harm his image.feedback

Maria V. Zakharova

It is not clear what they will do in Syria and not only there. Nobody understands what they will do in the Middle East because it is a very complicated region, forgive me for saying such a banal thing. Nobody understands what they will do with Iran, what they will do with Afghanistan.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Russia, Iran and Hezbollah have become the protectors of a Syrian regime that uses poison gas on babies! Babies! Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Assad – poison gas enablers. Sad.feedback

Michael Cohen

For the geopolitical situation you could bend bearish or bullish. When you have Iran and Saudi Arabia now in even further conflict, and also Iran and Russia in alignment on one side of the U.S. and Saudis, and Russia not seeing eye to eye on Syria, it complicates the ability of those OPEC ministers and Russia to have an amicable outcome. That could be bearish.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I think we have to show a united position and that in these negotiations we should do all we can to get Russia out of Assad's corner, at least to the point that they are ready to participate in finding a political solution, . It is the right moment to talk about this, how the international community, with Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe, with the U.S., can drive forward a peace process for Syria and avoid further military escalation of the conflict.feedback

Samuel Charap

This is a big cold shower. Even if behind closed doors they might engage on other issues in a more pragmatic manner, the public posture is going to be one of emphasizing how they disagree about [Syria]. [Vladimir] Putin is not going to want to be seen as chummy with the U.S. secretary of state.feedback

Mohsen Milani

Russia is hardly interested in Iran's so-called Axis of Resistance, which stretches from Iran to Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria and essentially consists of Shia forces. Given its ambition to become a great power in the Middle East, it cannot alienate the Sunni countries. Nor is Russia interested in antagonizing Israel. In fact, relations between Israel and Russia are exceptionally friendly.feedback

Anna Borshchevskaya

At the moment, it is going to be difficult to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran. Too many interests hold them together.feedback

Hamidreza Taraghi

Whenever we deem it necessary, we will give them the use of our air bases. We are growing closer and closer to the Russians in our cooperation in fighting terrorism. That's all I can say.feedback

Farshad Ghorbanpour

Trump wants to flex his muscles and show that he is different from Obama. But we don't think he will continue bombing in Syria. This is just a knee-jerk reaction.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

In my first visit to New York to attend the UNGA meeting, I told EU leaders that backing terrorists now would end up threatening the security of their own respective countries. Iran believed and continues to do so that terrorists gathered from all across the region and beyond in Syria must be eradicated. However, we also believe that certain reforms are necessary to take place in Syria. We recommend elections polls and democracy in Syria as everywhere else in the world.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Now is the right moment to talk about how we can push for a peace process in Syria within the international community – with Russia, with Iran, with Saudi Arabia, with Europe, with the United States. To prevent military violence to escalate on and on, it's all about this.feedback

Charles Lister

Bringing peace to Syria will undoubtedly necessitate a further strengthening of the U.S. posture toward the Syrian situation and toward Russia, Iran and other involved states. More military strikes and other assertive acts of diplomacy will be inevitable.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I hope Russia is thinking carefully about its continued alliance with Bashar al-Assad, because every time one of these horrific attacks occurs, it draws Russia closer into some level of responsibility. I think the issue of how Bashar al-Assad's leadership is sustained, or how he departs, is something that we'll be working [on] with allies and other in the coalition. But I think, with each of those actions, he really undermines his own legitimacy. Once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilising the situation in Syria.feedback

Mark Coleman

A woman who fled Iran because of her faith said to me: 'Sometimes my heart stops when I think people don't like us.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The tragedy of Khan Sheikhoun is horrifying and must be condemned. It reminds Iranians, victim of chemical weapons for years, the attacks in Sardasht. US aggression against Shayrat strengthens regional extremism and terror, and global lawlessness and instability, and must be condemned. I call on the world to reject such policies, which bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe.feedback

Robert Malley

Iran has the luxury of choice because they have a number of theaters in which to act and proxies willing to do so. The question is: Do they really want to take that gamble now, with this administration, and to what end?feedback

Mojtaba Saghi

This shows that because America is not capable of attacking countries like Iran and North Korea, it attacks a government like Syria which has been in a war for five years. America wants to crush Syria while it's weak and oppressed. I was really sad to hear such an attack had happened.feedback

Rand Paul

It's easier for me to give you my opinion than his. When we toppled Saddam Hussein, well, he was a bad person who gassed the Kurds. We thought, we'll get rid of him and things will get better. We toppled him, and it ended up empowering Iran. When we topple Assad, what comes after him?feedback

John Kilduff - Again Capital

People are nervous ahead of the weekend. If you have Iran and Russia in the mix, a significant amount of oil hangs in the balance in that regard.feedback

Thomas Graham

It's difficult to see what the U.S. would offer to make it so attractive that Russia would distance itself in a radical way from Iran.feedback

Dmitri Trenin

A more isolated Iran would have to move closer to Russia and China and the rest of a greater Eurasia that is being formed.feedback

Donald J. Trump

What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria. You're going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. You're not fighting Syria any more, you're fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right?feedback

Jeremy Bash

One reason why Iran has held off on those attacks is because we've come to a common understanding that the U.S. is not going to engage in military force to topple the Assad regime. With yesterday's actions, that premise could be questioned in Tehran. This missile salvo must be followed by a diplomatic salvo. It's a delicate balance that Trump now faces for what to do next.feedback

Reuel Gerecht

Reuel Gerecht is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.feedback

Amir Arasta

I always thought this would be the best route, from Azadi Sports Complex to Azadi Square. When I heard it would be happening I was very happy.feedback

Charlie Barkowski

It was kind of sad. I'm sorry I couldn't participate. Something changed. Many of the people I met there love Americans. Every time someone heard my American accent, they wanted a picture. The passport people and police were the only ones that gave me some weird looks.feedback

Amir Arasta

I thought what a shame that they were not going to be able to participate on the same streets [as the men].feedback

Ole Hansen - Saxo Bank

[Russian President Vladimir] Putin's response, therefore, has to be watched closely. The world still awash in oil. The risk of this developing and impacting oil supplies from the region, especially from Iraq is very limited.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Look, we have Iran and we have Russia totally on the side of Assad. And that's not the reason I stay out necessarily, but certainly it's a complicating factor. But we have them totally on the side of Assad. We have to knock the hell out of ISIS. And if we're going after Assad and ISIS and they're fighting each other, people are going to say what the hell are we doing.feedback

Donald J. Trump

They're fighting each other and yet we're fighting both of them. I think that our far bigger problem than Assad is ISIS. I've always felt that. Assad is, you know, I'm not saying Assad is a good man, cause he's not, but our far greater problem is not Assad, it's ISIS. Give me a break. I had to listen to Lindsey Graham talk about, you know, attacking Syria and attacking, you know, and it's like you're now attacking Russia, you're attacking Iran, you're attacking. And what are we getting? We're getting – and what are we getting?feedback

Charlie Barkowski

I submitted everything and just waited. ... I even had my bags packed. I'm very disappointed. I made friends from Iran from before and was really looking forward to going back.feedback

Amir Arasta

I'm very, very excited. This has been a dream for me. I always thought this would be the best route, from Azadi Sports Complex to Azadi Square. When I heard it would be happening I was very happy.feedback

Jeffrey Halley

The U.S cruise missile strikes have seen crude oil jump over two percent in a straight line. What will be the response of Iran and Russia, two of the world's largest oil producers and staunch allies of the Assad regime?.. We will have to wait for these answers as the day moves on.feedback

Giovanni Staunovo - UBS

Syria is a tiny oil producer and there are no key oil pipelines which could be hit. Today's oil rally might lose steam or even reverse during the day unless the airstrike heightens tension between Russia, Iran or Iraq and the U.S.feedback

Harry Tchilinguirian - BNP Paribas

The strike, at least for now, appears retaliatory rather than the indication of the beginning of direct involvement by the U.S. in Syria. Pending the next developments, the recent oil price move may start to shift back. It is too early to tell at this juncture.feedback

Jonathan Chan

This is a short-term spike as traders price in a possible supply route disruption. However, if this conflict prolongs or escalates with Russia possibly intervening on the Assad regime's side, there may be a further upward adjustment on the geopolitical risk premium.feedback

Farshad Ghorbanpour

They will choose not to be confrontational towards the U.S. and the West, Iran will continue to support Bashar al-Assad, but not at all costs. This attack was large and carried a message, saying the Americans are serious.feedback

Shakil Begg - Thomson Reuters

Crude oil rallied on Friday as news that the US launched air strikes against a Syrian airbase overnight raised concerns the conflict in Syria could spill over to affect key oil producers in the Middle East. Syria itself has negligible oil production but neighbouring Iraq, and nearby Iran and Saudi Arabia are key oil suppliers to the global market.feedback

Tom Cotton

It is time for a stronger Syria policy, one that holds the Assad government, Russia, and Iran accountable for their brutality. That policy begins with demanding Assad's departure from Syria.feedback

Bruce Northam

If you're earning even a few American dollars a month, you can stretch a trip to any of these spots indefinitely. Sandwiched between Iran, Turkey, and Georgia, many of the tiny Christian country's 4,000 epic religious structures are on prime real estate – analogous to where America created its ultimate national parks and resorts.feedback

David Dollar

In the Obama administration, China was a good citizen cooperating with us on Iran sanctions and on climate change, which I think made it hard for the U.S. to contemplate anything that harsh in the trade arena. You could have something similar if the Trump administration wants China to cooperate more on North Korea. That could be hard to turn around and be harsh on them in the economic realm.feedback

Richard Mallinson - Energy Aspects

We do think that (floating storage) has been the primary cause of the boost in exports. We see a very difficult path for Iran to raise crude output until it can get the Western expertise and investment back into the upstream, which has been notably slow to materialize.feedback

Sebastiaan Straten

Personally I do not agree with that. We are trying to find other ways to make step[s] [forward] for female running in Iran.feedback

Maryam Feize

We want to show everybody that Iran is a partner in making bridges, not walls.feedback

Majid Keyhani

We have sent all runner names to Iran's Foreign Ministry for issuing visas. Personally I do not agree with that and we are trying to find other ways to make step(s forward) for female running in Iran.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Those who defend and support [Assad], including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

It is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism. Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

While the full facts are still to be determined, if the Assad regime is responsible for this attack those who approved and deployed these weapons must be held accountable. Russia and Iran, as countries engaged in the Syrian conflict, should use their influence to pressure the Assad regime to cease illegal, chemical attacks against its own people.feedback

Richard Aboulafia - Teal Group

There was always going to be a clash over this issue. Trump campaigned on getting tough with Iran," but "at the end of the day, these are manufacturing jobs. It's really hard to say, Yes, we are giving this work to the Europeans.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As the self-proclaimed guarantors to the ceasefire negotiated in Astana, Russia and Iran also bear great moral responsibility for these deaths.feedback

Sarosh Zaiwalla

The EU has not been able so far to produce any evidence that Rosneft ... was involved in or supported in any way the conflict in Ukraine.feedback

Hadi Ghaemi

Given the lack of evidence with regards to charges brought against him, it was a high risk for his captors to keep him in prison while his health deteriorated.feedback

Kathy Voss - Amnesty International

It's baffling that the Foreign Secretary still hasn't had a single meeting with Nazanin's family who are of course sick with worry about her. It's a full year now since Nazanin was arrested in Iran and it's six months since she was given this completely unfair sentence. The UK Government needs to drastically raise its game on Nazanin. It should start by loudly and clearly calling for her release.feedback

Matthew Levitt

The problem with Bahrain was that they had so little credibility that it was hard to separate what was real from what wasn't.feedback

Bahram Ghassemi

Giving a wrong address when referring to the roots and the financial and intellectual resources of terrorism is a main reason for a lack of success by international anti-terror efforts.feedback

Lindsey Graham

To suggest that Assad is an acceptable leader for the Syrian people is to ignore the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people by the Assad regime. Leaving him in power is also a great reward for Russia and Iran. I hope these reports are not accurate, but if they are, the war in Syria will never really end as the Syrian people want Assad removed from power. Hundreds of thousands have died in the fight to accomplish exactly that goal. We had an opportunity and we need to focus on now defeating ISIS.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

Part and parcel of the nuclear deal was that Iran could be rehabilitated economically.feedback

Patrick Pouyanne

We have identified some, I would say, medium-sized banks who are ready to work with Iran.feedback

Patrick Pouyanne

We are a little bolder than others. It is part of our strength. There are some constraints, but we can do it.feedback

Patrick Pouyanne

Not a single U.S. person has the right to work on Iran, so you have to be careful of that.feedback

Pierre Andurand - Andurand Capital Management

I think oil prices are likely to recover to around $70 … I think the market will switch to backwardation – sustainable backwardation – by late summer and that will bring the next wave in oil prices. I don't think Trump has much impact on oil supply and demand for now. If there is going to be a big change it's going to be with Iran - if he puts sanctions back on Iran.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Conservatives who excoriated President Barack Obama for acquiescence to genocide in Syria should be just as vocal when it comes to the Trump administration. Indeed, the Trump administration seems to have thrown in the towel entirely on seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thereby consenting to Iran’s effective domination of the country and to Russia’s success in defending its allies Iran and Syria.feedback

Lindsey Graham

To suggest that Assad is an acceptable leader for the Syrian people is to ignore the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people by the Assad regime. Leaving him in power is also a great reward for Russia and Iran. Assad is not and cannot be the future of his country.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means their activities. We need to look at opportunities where we can expose and hold them accountable for the things that they are doing. We are paying extraordinarily close attention to this, but I feel very confident in our ability to protect ourselves and to continue to pursue our missions. This was a very dynamic situation. So this wasn't a deliberate target or anything else. This was an evolving combat situation.feedback

Mac Thornberry

In a dense urban environment there may well be some casualties and even the finest military in the world can make mistakes. But we also know for certain that ISIS uses human shields, and that they can arrange civilian deaths to further their misguided narratives. I think we should always give the benefit of the doubt to the professionals who are working every day to keep us safe.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

At Monday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran there was, given the political environment, rare and welcomed unanimity. Ranking member Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) remarked that although he voted against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran, he doesn’t think it would be wise to withdraw. He continued.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Leading Russian companies have achieved a series of important agreements about developing large oil and gas fields in Iran. Our countries cooperate in the framework of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). We will coordinate our efforts to stabilize world oil markets.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The decisions we have made over the last months and also today show that we are developing our bilateral relations in cultural, economic and scientific areas towards a strategic path.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Compared with the years during which the Iran nuclear deal was under consideration or the presidential election was raging, this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference had been a tame affair. Politicians of both parties spoke; the latest miraculous Israeli technology was on display. But Vice President Pence gave a bland address, and the most moving speeches before Monday afternoon came on Sunday from a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, followed by the president of Rwanda. Then, on Monday afternoon, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley showed up.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Russia doesn't have a military base [in Iran], we have good cooperation, and on a case by case basis, when it is necessary for Russians fighting terrorism to use Iranian facilities, we will make a decision.feedback

Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council

The political and military relations right now between the Islamic Republic and Russia are the strongest that we've seen ever.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

I hope that a new turning-point in the development of our relations will be reached.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Sunday began the first national policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee since President Obama left office. It would be an understatement to say that the past eight years were a tension-filled and often acrimonious period in U.S.-Israel relations, between the administration’s hectoring over Israel’s building (inside or outside Jerusalem), a fundamental divide over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (a.k.a. the Iran deal), the president’s and his staff’s harsh public rhetoric and accusations directed toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and last but not least, the administration’s refusal to veto a lopsided United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity. (The last was met with robust, bipartisan criticism of the administration.).feedback

Mike Pence

After decades of simply talking about it, the president of the United States is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. America will no longer tolerate Iran's efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel's security. So let me be clear. Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.feedback

Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council

Russia legitimately sees itself as a global player, and sees Iran as an important regional player to consider. Iran won't necessarily override other important regional players like Israel.feedback

Mohsen Milani

The visit shows the importance that Russia has in Iranian foreign policy. For Russia, Iran is one of their most important political allies. You would have to be exceptionally talented with some sort of divine protection to pull off that kind of diplomatic coup d'etat.feedback

Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council

Since the Russians got more heavily involved in Syria, the relationship between Moscow and Tehran has entered a new phase.feedback

Maxim A. Suchkov

There's a big concern in Tehran that Moscow will use it as a bargaining chip for better relations with Washington.feedback

Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council

If you look at Syria and the way that Syria has evolved, it has become the crucible of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow.feedback

Masoud Jazayeri

We underline that the Americans are guilty for any kind of unrest in the Persian Gulf, so we warn again that the US armed forces should change their behavior.feedback

Dawood Moradian

There is an emerging Taliban Axis comprising of Pakistan, China, Russia, and Iran. They are united in two things: evicting US from Afghanistan and combating Daesh.feedback

Tom Cotton

The president has said he's putting Iran on notice, and passing this bill would be an unmistakable sign of resolve. We will not tolerate Iran's pursuit of supremacy in the Middle East or its sponsorship of terrorism, and we will make the regime in Tehran pay a steep price for its dangerous behavior.feedback

Stewart Baker - National Security Agency

It’s 2020. Kamala Harris finishes a close second in New Hampshire, beating expectations that Elizabeth Warren would sweep her neighboring state (and its shared media market). Harris roars into South Carolina, where she suddenly leads in the polls with a message of repudiating what she calls the Trump administration’s dangerous foreign brinksmanship.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Nowruz means 'new day' in Persian. It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country's contemporary history. To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz…I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth.feedback

Ray Takeyh - Council on Foreign Relations

The Nowruz messages have historically been occasions when the White House limits itself to good year wishes. It was during the Obama administration that they were infused with political content, as the White House was searching for ways to reach out to the Iranian government. So in many ways, the Trump administration's message is restoring a pre-existing tradition.feedback

Dennis Ross

This is a message designed to put the regime on the defensive. It is smart and well crafted with clear messages in mind.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The US needs to decide what role it wants to play, and who it wants to ally with, in the debates about the future of those parts of Syria still outside government control, and the future shape of a national government. This cannot be considered independently of the commitment to defeat Isis in Iraq, where the US again faces the conundrum that Iran has the same declared enemy, but where victory threatens to extend its influence.feedback

Jayanti Goela

Our clients are threatening to cancel orders and procure from China.feedback

Mahama Khalil

We will not accept a Turkish agenda or an Iranian agenda. Turkey and Iran are trying to pull Sinjar into a regional conflict, and Sinjar will not accept it.feedback

Chagai Tzuriel

We don't view Russia as the enemy and I don't think they view us as the enemy either. We have to assume that the Russians want stability, they want a Pax Russiana in the region. If they want a stabilization, they can't do it alone. They need the United States, they need regional powers, they need opposition parties and militias, even those that are not exactly Russia's cup of tea.feedback

Jeff Prescott
Daniel Benaim

Using Iraq as a battleground as part of a broader strategy to counter Iran would also ignore the foundation of America's presence there – as the invited guest of the Iraqi government. As much as Iraq needs us, we also need Iraq, particularly as we pursue persistent threats against the homeland – including as a hub for the continued fight against the Islamic State in Syria.feedback

Donald J. Trump

One of the things I did ask is, 'Why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran?' Because nobody has been able to figure that one out... But maybe someday we will be able to figure that one out.feedback

Chagai Tzuriel

As we speak, relations between Iran and Syria are getting tighter. Iran is in the process of putting together agreements, including economic agreements, with Syria to strengthen its hold, its ports and naval bases there. There is a need for Russia and other powers to work to avoid the threat that Iran ends up with military, air and naval bases in Syria. When it comes to Iran, the United States, Russia and other powers need to understand that (growing Iranian influence in Syria) is going to be a constant source of friction. Russia has a vested interest in keeping that threat contained.feedback

Chagai Tzuriel

We have to decide what we want (in Syria) or what we don't want. The main strategic threat right now is what happens in Syria, it is the key arena. There's no place in the world that has so many elements wrapped up in it.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

The middle and lower classes of society were suffering from these problems and they continue to do so in the present time. I feel bitterness with all my heart. I feel the bitterness that the people experience. And this bitterness is related to economic matters and problems such as high prices, unemployment and social detriments. Well, all of us are responsible. However, there is a large gap between what has been carried out, and what the people and what we expect. I call the new year, a year of resistance economy, production and employment.feedback

Farhad Besharati

Even if you are following the news, you cannot understand what is happening. They all worry they will never be able to see family members again, their homes again.feedback

Touraj Daryaee

People are all horrified with dismay, we thought that relationships were improving. Instead, we are all paranoid and scared. The student visas do not come with any promise of getting in again.feedback

Mohebat Azimpour

All my friends and family there were waiting for me to be there this New Year, but everyone agrees it's best for me to wait. I'm concerned that my retirement is in jeopardy if I don't go back soon. I have so much at stake in Iran, I don't have a choice. I have to go even if it's hard.feedback

Farhad Besharati

They are all scared. They don't want to get stuck. They don't want their parents stuck here.feedback

Khalid al-Falih

It has brought it to yet a higher level than it has ever been, and there is alignment on all of the major issues between the two governments, and it's been, I think, further helped by the personal bond that was created between his royal highness, the deputy crown prince, and President Trump.feedback

Andrew Tabler

I don't see Russia or Iran asking him to step down, but we do have to prepare for an eventuality in this volatile environment that Assad may be targeted for assassination because of how much of a barrier he is to a settlement - him personally.feedback

Hanif Sadr

This is a rich, ancient way of cooking, and people here are so excited about our ingredients, our herbs. I really want to win people's hearts with the food I'm cooking.feedback

Mana Heshmati

The color of the food, and the symbolic meaning behind it, is as exciting as it tastes.feedback

Hanif Sadr

By the time you have finished dinner, you have eaten two whole bunches. Herbs are not just a garnish for us.feedback

Mana Heshmati

She always puts a handful of whole garlic cloves in the rice, because we used to fight over who got those.feedback

Mana Heshmati

I love ghormeh sabzi. But I took it once for lunch in elementary school and then never again because I got made fun of. I even had a boyfriend in college who made fun of it.feedback

Hanif Sadr

The first few days after moving to Berkeley, I couldn't tell whether I was in California or northern Iran. In the hills, I found and foraged the same wild hazelnuts, Persian hogweed, citrus and green plums we have in Iran.feedback

Farhad Parvaresh - Iran Air

We are working very closely with Airbus and we are both very keen to stay on the schedule and to the contract that we made together.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I made it clear that regarding Syria, while Israel is not opposed that there should be an agreement there, we strongly oppose the possibility that Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria under such an agreement.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

We discussed at length the matter of Iran, its objectives and intentions in Syria, and I clarified that there cannot be a peace deal in Syria when Iran is there and declares its intention to destroy Israel. There cannot be peace when they continue the war and therefore they have to be removed.feedback

Sean Spicer

Today, we mark the ten-year anniversary of the disappearance of United States citizen Robert 'Bob' Levinson. The Levinson family has suffered far too much during the last decade due to the absence of Mr. Levinson, a loving father, brother, husband, grandfather, and friend to many. We want him back, and we will spare no effort to achieve that goal. We will not rest until this case is resolved.feedback

James Comey - FBI

Bob went missing in Iran. Ten years is an inhumane amount of time to ask a family to wait for word of their loved one. Our ability to reunite Bob with his family is dependent on this shared commitment and we continue to call on the Iranian government to provide assistance.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

The victory over the terrorism of ISIS cannot lead to an upsurge in terrorism by Iran and its proxies. We will not exchange terrorism for terrorism.feedback

Mikhail Bogdanov

The lawful authorities who will be lawfully chosen in Syria would be the ones with the right to demand the withdrawal of all foreign powers from the country.feedback

Vladimir Frolov

Given all this, it is hard to see what Putin could promise to Netanyahu. He might, and likely will, promise a lot, but is in no position to deliver.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

One of the things that we are fighting together is radical Islamic terrorism. Of course, in the past year, there was significant progress in the fight against the radical Sunni Islamic terrorism led by Daesh and al-Qaida. Russia has made a very important contribution. Naturally, we do not want this terrorism to be replaced by the radical Shiite Islamic terrorism led by Iran.feedback

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive for ten years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Of course, if it becomes clear what his goal was, or if he was indeed on a mission, then perhaps specific assistance can be given.feedback

Christine Levinson

Iran is responsible for Bob. They know where he is and what happened to him. They've had him for 10 years. And we need the United States government to meet with them and find out what's necessary to get Bob home. I'm hoping that the Trump administration will be able to do that.feedback

Jeff Sessions

ZTE Corporation not only violated export controls that keep sensitive American technology out of the hands of hostile regimes like Iran's, they lied ... about their illegal acts.feedback

Christine Levinson

We believe people can survive 10 years under any circumstances. In the worst places, people survive. We know Bob is alive. Everyone else has gotten out of Iran, but Bob has been left behind every single time. It's now time for him to be returned home to his family.feedback

Dan Levinson

I'm not as worried about his health. I understand people thinking it being over 10 years and fearing the worst, but we don't believe that.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Of course if it becomes clear what his goal was, or if he was indeed on a mission, then perhaps specific assistance can be given.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

If Iran's ignorant enemies think about invading Iran they should know that our armed forces are much stronger than 1980 when Iraq attacked.feedback

Mehdi Hashemi

The unprofessional actions of the Americans can have irreversible consequences.feedback

Douglas Hassebrock

Despite ZTE's repeated attempts to thwart the investigation, the dogged determination of investigators uncovered damning evidence.feedback

Eric Hirschhorn

If the suspension is removed, they'll probably be put out of business.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We need to make people more aware of their rights than in the past. When an investigator asks about people's private lives they should stand strong and say 'this is my private area and you don't have a right to ask me about my private life'. We shouldn't interfere in people's private lives and shouldn't search them.feedback

Zhao Xianming - ZTE Corporation

ZTE acknowledges the mistakes it made, takes responsibility for them, and remains committed to positive change in the company. Instituting new compliance-focused procedures and making significant personnel changes has been a top priority for the company. We have learned many lessons from this experience and will continue on our path of becoming a model for export compliance and management excellence. We are committed to a new ZTE, compliant, healthy and trustworthy.feedback

Wilbur Ross

Those who flout our economic sanctions and export control laws will not go unpunished. They will suffer the harshest of consequences.feedback

Carol Morello

In addition, Fox News reported that Iran had itself test-fired a pair of ballistic missiles that destroyed a floating barge over the weekend, but that could not be independently confirmed. Iran fired a medium-range ballistic missile last month, apparently violating a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The administration responded with its first economic sanctions, when it placed 13 people and 12 businesses on a list that prohibits Americans from dealing with them.feedback

Carol Morello

The apparent harassment of the USS Invincible on two occasions, on Thursday and Saturday, came amid Iranian state media reports that Iran had tested its newly acquired S-300 missile air defense system that is designed to intercept incoming missiles.feedback

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

I am confident that we can have very good cooperation with the United States in the future. With respect to Iran I made the point that the JCPOA is a net gain from the verification point of view because now we have the strongest verification regime in Iran, while the nuclear activities of Iran are reduced. The new administration of the United States just started and they are looking at various issues - not just this issue but many other issues, so it is very early for them to give their assessment.feedback

Jeff Sessions

ZTE Corporation not only violated export controls that keep sensitive American technology out of the hands of hostile regimes like Iran's - they lied to federal investigators and even deceived their own counsel and internal investigators about their illegal acts. This plea agreement holds them accountable, and makes clear that our government will use every tool we have to punish companies who would violate our laws, obstruct justice and jeopardise our national security.feedback

Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi

The person has been detained, but they were not a government official.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility. I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far.feedback

Benyamin Netanyahu

I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility.feedback

Aviv Geffen

This is a great opportunity to show the world that Iran and Israel can stand together on the same stage and respect each other.feedback

Shahin Najafi

I believe in what I do and I'm fighting for what I believe in: For democracy, for freedom and for peace and I'm ready to die for it.feedback

Shahin Najafi

Stop the violence between people before it's too late. Let's stop dividing people. Israel is considered a taboo in Iran and I'm very pleased to break this taboo. I do this in the name of art, freedom and democracy. Let's march to our dream, no race or nationality, let's try until things get better.feedback

Douglas Jacobson

In fact, a company that has faced the type of scrutiny that ZTE has ... actually gives U.S. suppliers and customers a greater degree of comfort that they will be a compliant company in the future.feedback

Nasr al-Hariri

We reiterated the devilish role that Iran is playing through hundreds of thousands of fighters on the Syrian soil.feedback

John Lombard

She did attend a group meeting about adoptions with other Senators, and had a brief proactive call with the ambassador amid calls to several other parties to the Iran nuclear deal.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

It’s an up hill climb, certainly. President Trump “faces significant challenges in bringing lawmakers together. First, he needs to bridge differences within his own party on tax policy, health care and other matters. And he will also need support from Senate Democrats to pass much of his agenda, at a time when the party’s base voters are urging resistance.”.feedback

Rolando Gomez

The US been a very active and constructive partner in the Council for many years, spearheading a number of important initiatives, such as DPRK (North Korea), Iran, Syria, LGBT rights ... and many issues that are certainly on the agenda today.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice in an unbroken chain all the way down to the president. That torch is now in our hands, and we will use it to light up the world.feedback

Kianoush Ebrahimzadeh

His (director Asghar Farhadi's) movie is certainly a good film to have reached this stage but politics have played a role, too. There is opposition against Mr. Trump inside American society right now, particularly from their art communities and educated people.feedback

Asghar Farhadi

(…)It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures religions and nationalities the cinema community has joined with the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Four years is a long period, but it ends quickly. The opportunity needs to be valued, and all its moments need to be used in the best way.feedback

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In other words, the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land. No one may consider themselves the owner and view others as guests or immigrants.feedback

Hossein Ali Amiri

In recent weeks, Mr. Rouhani has reached the conclusion to take part in the presidential election.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Soon it's the (Iranian) New Year, so let the people have some joy. How come crying a lot is halal (allowed under Islam) and if we laugh it's haram (banned). We are a government that says we should use foreign capital. We say if our aircraft fleet is in need of new planes we should buy them. But some say it's honorable to use old equipment. We are steadfast in our principles and we don't compromise on them, but we should talk to the world, engage and cooperate with it.feedback

Nasr al-Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism and reaching stability in Syria across or through a political transition and to face the state of Iran, which interferes not only in Syria but in Iraq and Yemen and in other countries.feedback

Nasr El Hariri

We have a lot of points that we share with this new administration of America. On the top of these priorities is fighting terrorism.feedback

Ali Akbar Salehi

About 650 tonnes is to be delivered in two shipments over two years and 300 tonnes during the third year and this shipment is to be returned to Kazakhstan (after enrichment). Five of the members of the committee overseeing the (nuclear deal) have given their written approval, but Britain changed its mind at the last moment, considering the U.S. elections and Middle East problems. In nuclear talks ... we reached a final agreement on jointly producing nuclear fuel with Russia. We asked for their help in this regard... and it was agreed for the Russians to give us advisory help.feedback