Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today that the U.S. is not setting any deadlines for Iran. The statement came amid reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pressing the White House to set a clear “red line” for military intervention over Iran’s nuclear program.
“We’re not setting deadlines,” said Clinton replying to the question if the White House will lay out sharper “red lines” for Iran or state explicitly the consequences of failing to negotiate a deal with world powers by a certain date. Clinton made the comments during an interview with Radio Bloomberg on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. (Bloomberg, 10 September)
“We’re watching very carefully about what they do, because it’s always been more about their actions than their words,” Clinton added.
“They (the Israelis) are more anxious about a quick response because they feel that they’re right in the bull’s-eye, so to speak,” Clinton said. “But we’re convinced that we have more time to focus on these sanctions, to do everything we can to bring Iran to a good-faith negotiation.”