May 3rd, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Clinton blasts Iran at U.N. nuclear summit

[Updated at 4:37 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story.

[Updated at 4:26 p.m.]  Clinton also said that the United States will release numbers on the number of nuclear weapons it has in its arsenal and the number of such weapons dismantled in the past two decades.

Clinton told the United Nations that the release of the information will send a "clear, unmistakable signal" that the United States is doing its part to comply with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

[Posted at 4:24 p.m] Iran "will do whatever it can to divert attention from its own record and to attempt to evade accountability," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday at the opening of a conference on nuclear non-proliferation.

Clinton called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments at the conference earlier in the day "the same tired faults and sometimes wild accusations" against the United States and other countries.

The Islamic republic has continuously defied the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency and its Security Council, Clinton said, adding that Iran was the "only country in this hall that has been found by the IAEA board of governors to be currently in noncompliance with its nuclear safeguards obligations."

She called on Ahmadinejad and his regime "to join with all the other delegations represented at this meeting to go ahead and fulfill our international obligations and work toward the goal of a safer world."

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  1. voice of reason

    WOW,
    he clearly said something along those lines. maybe not the direct quote, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a horrible person, and he will cause the next war- not Israel.
    Israel is surrounded by numerous enemies waiting to destroy them. the country ISN'T bigger than Rhode Island. It is their land, they have been there much much longer than anyone else. they have done everything to negotiate, but you cant negotiate peace with insane ppl like Ahmadinejad in office

    May 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Monkey Doo

    I don't particularly like either of the Clintons, but I sure do hope Hillary challenges Obama for the 2012 nomination or we will surely have a Republican president in 2013.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Simply Ed

    What foolishness and hypocracy. We have nukes, and have used them on civilians. Isreal has nukes, and has slaughtered innocent civilians for decades while taking their land (News flash, it was the Christians slaughtering Jews not the Muslims). Iran would be foolish to not get a nuke, it is the only thing that will keep the U.S from attacking them (Note North Korea). We should give up this Isreal driven, meddling foreign policy, and shrink back to our borders like every empire in history has done when they reached to far (Note the British empire). Imagine, we are laying off teachers and policemen, we can't help homeowners, our streets and bridges are crumbling, but we have billions a month (Of borrowed money from the Chinese who have to be laughing their butts off), and hundreds of U.S lives (If unemployment was not so bad, or College affordable, they would not be able to recruit one sane soldier) to waste in far off lands. Note, no one has ever conquered Afghanistan, and as Osama Bin Laden (Our trained boy against the Russians) said, this war will bankrupt America. Panic now and avoid the rush, bring our brave but mislead troops home.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Rhetoric is all very well and good, but I fear our leaders are walking loudly and carrying no stick at all. Ahmadinejad knows that we are a "paper tiger," and he will continue to develop nuclear weapons along with delivery platforms capable of striking Israel and Europe. Sanctions will not deter him in the least, because he will gladly sacrifice his own nation in order to strike out at Israel.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. luvuall

    SamRam: Thanks for the excellent post and reminder of what really matters.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Judging from some of the virulently anti-Israel comments on this site, it appears many contributors here are anti-Semites. It is a verifiable historical fact that the vast majority of Palestinian Arabs left their lands voluntarily at the behest of the Arab League and the Arab Higher Committee prior to the Six-Day War. Bluntly put, the Arab army commanders wanted to ensure none of their own people would get in the way when they pounced upon Israel. Palestinian Arabs were promised that after their brothers had crushed Israel, the refugees would return to plunder Israeli lands and possessions. On Feb. 19, 1949, the Jordanian newspaper Falastin reported, "The Arab States encouraged the Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab invasion armies."

    As we know, Israel defeated those armies, no thanks to the British and the Americans. Now that the world is teetering on the brink of a second Holocaust, no one wants to take down Ahmadinejad. How many lives would have been saved if the British had nipped Hitler's regime in the bud?

    May 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oldblindjohn

    I have never seen so many people that desperatley need to get laid.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lipservice

    IRAN (BIASED AGAINST IRAN) AND THEREFORE THEIR STATEMENTS HAVE NO CREDITABILITY BUT ONLY BASED ON HATE TO IRAN

    THERE IS NO SINGLE CREDITABLE EVIDENCE THAT IRAN FLOUTS THE NPT RULES OR DEVELOP NUKES.

    IF IRAN IS DISCRIMINATED IN NPT TREATY THEN IRAN IS BETTER OFF TO PULL OUT OF THE TREATY LIKE NORTH KOREA. SINCE THERE IS NO BENEFIT BUT ONLY CONSPIRACY SANCTIONS OUT OF THE TREATY FOR IRAN.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lipservice

    BY WALKING OUT OF THE MEETING BY US, FRANCE AND BRITAIN, THEY SHOW OFF AS ENEMIES OF IRAN (BIASED AGAINST IRAN) AND THEREFORE THEIR STATEMENTS HAVE NO CREDITABILITY BUT ONLY BASED ON HATE TO IRAN

    THERE IS NO SINGLE CREDITABLE EVIDENCE THAT IRAN FLOUTS THE NPT RULES OR DEVELOP NUKES.

    IF IRAN IS DISCRIMINATED IN NPT TREATY THEN IRAN IS BETTER OFF TO PULL OUT OF THE TREATY LIKE NORTH KOREA. SINCE THERE IS NO BENEFIT BUT ONLY CONSPIRACY SANCTIONS OUT OF THE TREATY FOR IRAN.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scott

    Damn I just paid over $3 per gallon for gas again... its those worthless camel jockies hoarding all of the white man's oil!

    May 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lola

    Whoa, the anti-semites are out in full swing today! How about asking yourselves this question: If given the chance to live anywhere in the Middle East, where would you live? For me, I'd live in Israel. They share the same values as we Americans do - love life, liberty and equality. I'm not Jewish by the way...

    May 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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