SPIEGEL: In the conflict with Iran there is hardly any progress to be seen. The government in Teheran seems determined not to accept the recent offer of negotiations as based on a proposal of the American president.
Clinton : Well, we don't have a formal response from Iran yet.
SPIEGEL: The reason for that is probably that the Iranians would like to renegotiate the deal using their well-known delaying tactics. Is your patience endless?
Clinton : We do not intend to renegotiate. We have been willing to give them more time to work through their internal political debate, because we know there is a lot of turmoil in the Iranian political system. But our patience is not unlimited. We continue to urge them to show good faith, as they had said they would adopt this agreement "in principle." It would provide an opening for us to discuss not just the nuclear program, but other matters as well. We are still hopeful.
SPIEGEL: Iranian politicians keep on saying that they have not seen any real sign of willingness to compromise by the new US government. Why don't you take the military option off the table, the threat of bombing Iranian nuclear installations? Nobody believes that this is a realistic option anyway.
Clinton : We do not take any options off the table. I don't think that strategically it is smart to begin cutting your options when the other side does not move at all. Let's see some good faith from Iran; let's see some action on their part. President Obama has reached out to them, both publicly and privately. But that's not a one-way street; we have to see some reciprocity coming back from Iran.
UPDATE: President Obama on Sunday won the strongest backing yet from Russia on the Iranian nuclear crisis as he warned that Tehran was "running out of time". Meeting Obama in Singapore, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said neither he nor the US leader were satisfied with the pace of progress, as Tehran drags its feet over its response to the IAEA nuclear enrichment deal.
"Our goal is clear, it is transparent," Medvedev said. "We are prepared to work further to ensure Iran's nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes,” he said. "In case we fail, the other options remain on the table, in order to move the process in a different direction," he added. "As reasonable politicians, we understand that any process should have a final point. The process of talks exists not for the pleasure of talking but for achieving practical goals." [AFP, 15 November].
Update:Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday 16 November that the enemies of Iran’s nuclear program have been defeated.
“Enemies have politicized the nuclear issue using all of their abilities to try to make the Iranian nation surrender, but they have been defeated," Ahmadinejad said [IRIB].