- Our number one priority with respect to Iran is making sure they don’t get nuclear weapon... The question now is: Are we going to be able to close this final gap so that they can reenter the international community, sanctions can be slowly reduced and we have verifiable, lock-tight assurances that they can’t develop a nuclear weapon... There's still a big gap... We may not be able to get there.
- Second thing that we have an interest is that Iran has influence over the Shia – both in Syria and in Iraq and we do have a shared enemy in ISIL.
- We are focused on our common enemy but there’s no coordination or common battle plan (with Iran) and there will not be…There’s some de-conflicting in the sense that… we let them know, don’t mess with us; we’re not here to mess with you.
- I’ve been very clear publicly and privately we are not connecting in any way the nuclear negotiations and the issue of ISIL.
- It’s an almost absolute certainty that [Assad] has lost legitimacy with such a large portion of the country by dropping barrel bombs and killing children… that he can’s regain the kind of legitimacy that would stitch Syria together again.
Photo credit: President Barack Obama talking to Bob Schieffer during an interview on Face the Nation; the Oval Office, 9 November 2014 (CBS)