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Hassan Rouhani
Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities, which are necessary for deterrence. We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces … When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Multiple people spoke about Iran in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Hassan Rouhani is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities, which are necessary for deterrence. We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces … When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission.”.
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All quotes about Iran

Shakhwan Abdullah

All the groups in Iraq other than Shi'ites will be under threat if Iran can make this road. Sunnis will be displaced. The Kurdistan region will be under threat and Christians will be under threat.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

(Trump) made big mistakes in this speech. There were baseless and unfounded accusations. It wasn't worthy of the United Nations or an individual who sees himself as the president of a country.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

There was some discussion by some people that the nuclear deal isn't very bad but shouldn't stay as it is. (That) it's a deal that's good but we should sit down again and debate to see if it can be improved. If it has flaws we can fix them. They were told clearly and definitively (by us) that the nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The great nation of Iran has always pursued peace and security in the region and the world, and has always defended the oppressed people of the world. We will defend the downtrodden people of Yemen, Syria, and Palestine whether you like it or not.feedback

Reza Hasani

The target is Iran's [political] system. This isn't about nuclear power. First they took aim at our nuclear program…and now they are taking aim at our missile program. But I support it. And as Mr. Rouhani said, we won't back down from it.feedback

Aaron Arnold

Iran was already largely cut off from the global financial system–especially among the United States' chief economic partners.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities. ... We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country. All countries in the world supported the nuclear deal in the United Nations General Assembly this year ... except the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel).feedback

Zamir Shemtov

The young man answered, I am Masoud Barzani, son of Mullah Barzani, and if Mullah would hear that I took a watch, he would hang me! Instead, all I ask as thanks is that you remember us well in the future.feedback

Tzuri Sagi

Sometimes I would tease the Kurds, and say negative things about Israel. It always made them angry. They'd say that Israelis and the Jews are the best in the region.feedback

Mark Fitzpatrick

Like North Korea, Iran is responding to Trump's bellicosity by its own display of strength, to show it is not cowed.feedback

Sanam Vakil - Chatham House

Rouhani is playing hardball. By promising to step up Iran's ballistic-missile program, Rouhani seeks to gain support from Iranian hard-liners who have long been critical of the nuclear deal, and who have repeatedly accused him of being soft in international relations. Moreover, hard-liners, such as Iran's supreme leader, believe compromise with the United States is a futile exercise.feedback

Adam Szubin

Great nations do not play games when it comes to their international agreements.feedback

Bob Corker

We're working hand in hand with the White House and with the State Department to be prepared, to be prepared to deal with this issue depending on the outcome.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I didn't know he was going to say today he made a decision. I knew he had, but I didn't know he was going to say he had.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Military hysteria isn't an impasse. It's a disaster.feedback

Nick Pope - Deloitte

The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations. I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity. All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

It's an almost tragic situation where the only existing agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons is in jeopardy at a time when we are seeing other countries like North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons and we need such processes more than ever.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I proposed that we initiate the work of a contact group at P5 level [Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia], which has been done, and we will widen it to represent the political forces in Syria and the regional powers without Iran. The United Nations Secretary General and France will play the role of mediator for Iran so that we have a parallel negotiation, but that will enable us to include Iran in the process.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Iran has different options. A big part of the equation is related to what reaction the European Union will have to this issue.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

I am convinced that neither the volatile and charged situation in the region, nor Iran's behaviour will improve if the nuclear agreement goes out of force. Because no one has the impression anymore that international negotiations are worth and one has to assume that such an agreement can be cancelled after a short time.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

Kurdistan's regional government has been frozen for the last two years and the current president has not withdrawn from office even though he was supposed to. So there is a bit of a political crisis going on. Masoud Barzani [president] has lost some degree of credibility, particularly with the economic crisis in Kurdistan.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

The Baghdad regime is not sending the share of the budget to Kurdistan so they see Baghdad as the cause of the ills.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

So pushing for independence and this idea of national unity helps Barzani gain some credibility because he has always been at the forefront of Kurdish independence – his family has been fighting for it for more than a century.feedback

Zeynep Kaya

Kurds believe they are worse off as part of Iraq because the Iraqi army has not been able to protect the Kurds and the Yazidis.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

There was no yelling, we didn't throw shoes at one another. We believe they're now looking more carefully and seriously at that as a means to push back on this other behaviour of Iran's that they agree with us is just simply unacceptable.feedback

Gary Sick

It would be totally irresponsible to decertify. Decertification is actually contrary to U.S. interests by all standards.feedback

Gary Sick

Iran knows perfectly well it's a middle level power with a middle level economy and if companies and countries have to choose, it would be hard to go against the U.S.feedback

Gary Sick

This could become a real wedge issue dividing the other powers in the agreement ... against the U.S. It could push the U.S. toward a decline in global power and U.S. credibility will take a huge hit, because we're basically telling the world the U.S. can't keep its word, putting us at odds with every other major power in the world, hurting our credibility, influence and reliability as an international partner – that's not a small issue. Imagine trying to negotiate with North Korea when we just walked away from the most significant non-proliferation treaty in the history of the atomic age.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Let's be honest, the tensions are on the rise, look at the activities of Hezbollah and Iran's pressure on Syria. We need a clear framework to be able to reassure regional countries and the United States.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

The process in Geneva has stopped and there is only the Astana process which will lead to tensions between the participants because it is a process that is a mechanical partition of Syria.feedback

Ayatollah Khamenei

This speech was not a sign of power but rather a sign of anger, frustration and stupidity.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

How are we going to convince countries like North Korea that international agreements provide them with security – and in so doing make them commit to future disarmament efforts – if the only international example for such an endeavour being successful, the agreement with Iran, no longer has effect? We need more international co-operation and less national egoism, not the other way around.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

If he holds to hard-line demands, possibly including permanent restrictions on Iran's program, the deal may well fall apart – and blame would lie right on Washington's front porch. That's an outcome the U.S. doesn't want.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Are you prepared to return to us 10 tons of enriched uranium?feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Why should we discuss an addendum? If you want to have an addendum, there has to be an addendum on everything.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

By definition, a deal is not perfect, because in any deal you have to give and take. Otherwise you won't have a deal.feedback

Roger Cohen - The New York Times

The French president wants Trump to understand that sovereignty is best wielded through multilateralism.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The nuclear agreement is working. It's delivering. It's functioning.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

As the president has always indicated, he will let you know when he thinks it's useful to let you know, and he does not share his forward planning with people. We didn't throw shoes at one another. We see this agreement very very differently.feedback

Maysam Berhavesh

Trump doesn't have to become Moscow or Tehran's best friend, but he should be considering measures like offering to de-list Iran as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and easing sanctions against Tehran and Moscow in return for their withdrawing support from anti-American forces in Afghanistan. Those measures aren't going to end Afghanistan's internal conflict, but they might de-escalate it enough for Trump to work on a new exit strategy for U.S. troops.feedback

John Hultquist - FireEye

Iranian fingerprints are all over this campaign, and government fingerprints in particular. Right now we are seeing a lot of activity that seems to be classic cyber-espionage.feedback

Rafael Nadal

I hope we didn't wait too long, because we're too old now.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We don't think Trump will walk out of the deal despite (his) rhetoric and propaganda. If American officials think that they can pressure Iran by walking out of the deal, they are making a big mistake. Either the nuclear deal remains as it is or it will collapse.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

One of the options and choices were one of our counterparts not to remain in the current framework would be to go back to previous activities. This is one option. And that's not difficult. We can easily go back to previous conditions if counterparts were to not live up to their commitments. But you do know fairly well that Iran will not be the initiator of this return to that path.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

There, I think the Iranians are on much weaker ground. It's a promising small emerging market compared to the world's largest market. You choose.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities ... We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country. Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them. It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by 'rogue' newcomers to the world of politics: the world will have lost a great opportunity.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We have to keep the 2015 agreement because it was a good one with strong monitoring of the current situation, and and we have to add two or three pillars.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I have decided … I'll let you know what the decision is. I don't think you've heard the last of it – believe me.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We in Iran strive to build peace. We never condone tyranny. We never threaten anyone, but we do not tolerate threats from anyone.feedback

Donald J. Trump

There's a small period of time, and we're going to see what we can do. But so many people have talked about it and it's never happened, but we are fighting very hard.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have a lot of issues with Iran, they're…a yard long, the nuclear issue is only one foot of that yard. We have two feet of other issues that we must deal with and it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's not a clear signal that he plans to withdraw. What it is, is a clear signal that he's not happy with the deal.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have suspicions on at least three fronts that the Americans are creating weapons systems which violate or could violate the treaty obligations.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We never condone tyranny and we always defend the voiceless. We never threaten anyone. But we do not tolerate threats from anyone. They [the U.S.] have imposed sanctions really against themselves and now they feel betrayed. We were not deceived nor did we cheat or deceive anyone. We have ourselves determined our extent of our nuclear program, we never sought to achieve deterrence through weapons.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We are looking seriously at peace and maybe ultimately peace for the whole of the Middle East and I think we have a pretty good shot, maybe the best shot ever. It's a complex subject, always been considered the toughest deal of all: peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the toughest of all. I think we have a very, very good chance. I will certainly devote everything in my heart and within my soul to get a deal made.feedback

John Hultquist - FireEye

These campaigns demonstrate the depth of Iran's cyber capabilities. Actors like APT33, now narrowly focused on the Middle East, are the tools Iran will reach for if they choose to carry out attacks in the future.feedback

Dan Coats

Tehran continues to leverage cyber espionage, propaganda, and attacks to support its security priorities, influence events and foreign perceptions, and counter threats – including against U.S. allies in the region.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

So we will never go towards production of nuclear weapons, just as in the past we never intended to go towards that path nor did we ever. It has always been peaceful.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

In the last few months, we've all seen how dangerous even a few nuclear weapons can be in the hands of a small rogue regime. Now imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the reins of a vast Iranian empire, with the missiles to deliver them anywhere on earth.feedback

Stewart Patrick - Council on Foreign Relations

The North Koreans are obviously watching carefully to see how Iran is treated and what could be expected were they ever to be in a position to give up their nuclear weapons. That makes it particularly imperative that the president … be able to provide credible evidence based on technical assessments that Iran is actually cheating on this.feedback

Daryl Kimball

A deal is a deal, and Iran has met its nuclear commitments. And Donald Trump is threatening to tear it apart.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The United States government should explain to its own people why, after spending billions of dollars of the assets of the people of America and of our region, instead of contributing to peace and stability, it has only brought war, misery, poverty and the rise of terrorism and extremism to the region.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

The bombast makes Trump look like a predator, circling. That creates sympathy for Iran among the international community. It's especially dangerous because Iran is very skilled at playing the victim, aggrieved by foreign powers for decades.feedback

Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook

Hate has no place on Facebook–and as a Jew, as a mother, and as a human being, I know the damage that can come from hate. The fact that hateful terms were even offered as options was totally inappropriate and a fail on our part. People wrote these deeply offensive terms into the education and employer write-in fields and because these terms were used so infrequently, we did not discover this until ProPublica brought it to our attention. We never intended or anticipated this functionality being used this way–and that is on us. And we did not find it ourselves–and that is also on us.feedback

Boris Johnson

We are continually urging the Americans not to tear it up. I have to tell you the odds are perhaps 50-50.feedback

Nikki Haley

I think what he needs to do is instead of focusing on us leaving the agreement, he needs to start following the rules. He's got to stop smuggling arms, he's got to stop all of the meddling they're doing over the Middle East, stop the ballistic missile testing. He is not keeping his end of the deal, and what he's trying to do is put it on us. But we have to keep it on him.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if this conflict is far away from Germany, it is one that also affects us. That is why I am prepared, as is the foreign minister, to assume responsibility here. We took part in negotiating the Iran agreement, which I think is good, and better than having no agreement at all. It took many years, but in the end it did limit Iran's possibilities for nuclear armament. And I think we must take the same path or a similar one, with Russia, with China, together with the US, also in the case of North Korea.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

It's extremely worrying. We will defend this document, this consensus, which was met with relief by the entire international community and genuinely strengthened both regional and international security. If you simply condemn and threaten, then we're going to antagonise countries over whom we want to exert influence.feedback

Michael Morell

I believe that North Korea may have the capability today to successfully conduct a nuclear attack on the United States.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

Our commitment to non-proliferation has resulted in a strong, robust agreement to verify that Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons. Denouncing it would be a big mistake, not respecting it would be irresponsible–because it is a good agreement that is essential to keeping peace at an hour where the risk of a hellish spiral can't be discounted.feedback

Donald J. Trump

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it–believe me.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Everyone will clearly see that Iran has lived up to its agreements and that the United States is therefore a country that cannot be trusted. We will be the winners.feedback

Dianne Feinstein

Trump's bombastic threat to destroy North Korea and his refusal to present any positive pathways forward on the many global challenges we face are severe disappointments. The goals of the United Nations are to foster peace and promote global cooperation. Today the president used it as a stage to threaten war. By suggesting he would revisit and possibly cancel the Iran nuclear agreement, [Trump] greatly escalated the danger we face from both Iran and North Korea. What nation would negotiate with the United States when the agreements we reach with other countries are so easily undermined?feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We wish to have nuclear energy for peaceful uses just as today, in Arak, there is collaboration between America, China and Iran for the completion of the power plant in Arak.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America's interest above all else. But in fulfilling our obligations to our own nations, we also realize that it's in everyone's interest to seek a future where all nations can be sovereign, prosperous and secure. The United States is ready, willing and able. But hopefully, this will not be necessary.feedback

Donald J. Trump

It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors.feedback

Heather Nauert

We're continuing to conduct a full review of our Iran policy. That has certainly not changed. During the course of the review – and I'll say this again – that we will continue to hold Iran accountable for its malign activities.feedback

Barack Obama

No one, has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.feedback

Ali Shamkhani

Any damage to this strategic principle (of Iraq's unity) would lead to the revision of and serious alteration in the existing cooperation between Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan region.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Well, we have to see what live with it means, right? Live with can't be giving this regime cover to develop a nuclear capability. And so, a lot of things have to happen immediately, rigorous enforcement of that agreement. It is under-enforced now. We know Iran has already violated parts of the agreement by–. Well, the IAEA has identified and we've identified some of these breaches that Iran has then corrected. But what does that tell you about Iranian behavior? They're not just walking up to the line on the agreement. They're crossing the line at times.feedback

Jean-Yves Le Drian

It is essential to maintain it to avoid proliferation. In this period when we see the risks with North Korea, we must maintain this line. France will try to convince [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump of the pertinence of this choice [keeping the accord] even if work can be done to complement the accord [after 2025].feedback

Ali Akbar Salehi

The American administration's overtly hostile attitude and actual foot-dragging policies and measures aim at undermining the nuclear deal and blocking Iran's legitimate benefits from its full implementation.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have a lot of issues with Iran. They're a yard long. The nuclear issue is 1 foot of that yard. We have 2 feet of other issues that we must deal with. And it has to do with Iran's destabilizing activities. But since the nuclear deal has been concluded what we have witnessed is Iran has stepped up its destabilizing activities in Yemen, it stepped up its destabilizing activities in Syria, and exports arms to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups, and it continues to conduct a very active ballistic missile program. None of that I believe is consistent with that preamble commitment.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We are giving it an absolute go. We're working very hard on it. I actually think with the capability of Bibi and, frankly, the other side, I really think we have a chance. You'll be seeing very soon.feedback

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented. Iran is now subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime. Since the last General Conference, we have continued to verify and monitor the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.feedback

Josh Rogin

A U.N. body is set to publicly call for the release of two Iranian Americans imprisoned unjustly in Tehran.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

They (United States) can choose the right path and also enter the room where the food is served. We would not have a problem with that.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

This agreement is a very important agreement. It contributed to an important de-escalation at the moment, and it is a factor of stability. And it's my opinion that all parties should do everything possible for this agreement to be preserved.feedback

Nikki Haley

No one is going to grip-and-grin. The United States is going to work . . . This is a time to be serious, and it's a time for us to talk out these challenges and make sure there's action that follows it.feedback

Raymond Carlsen - Scatec Solar

I wouldn't like to say by when we expect a signed deal but we are actively working on it.feedback

Nikki Haley

So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to (Defense Secretary) Gen. James Mattis because I think he has plenty of options.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA, through their actions to prop up the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime, to engage in malicious activities in the region, including cyber activity, aggressively developing ballistic missiles.feedback

Mikkel Toerud - Scatec Solar

They (Norway) will provide us with guarantees that will enable us to raise international and domestic financing.feedback

Nikki Haley

The truth is, the Iran deal has so many flaws that it's tempting to leave it. But the deal was constructed in a way that makes leaving it less attractive. It gave Iran what it wanted up front, in exchange for temporary promise to deliver what we want.feedback

Heather Nauert

The administration did approve waivers in order to maintain some flexibility. Waving some of those sanctions should not be seen as an indication of President Trump or his administration's position on the JCPOA nor is the waver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range malign behavior. Again, no decisions have been made on the final JCPOA. We still have some time for that.feedback

David Ignatius

Trump says it’s “the worst deal ever negotiated.” Would the world be safer without it?feedback

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump's commitment to decertify, and the credible threat he could walk away from the nuclear accord, are motivating Europeans to come on board with ways to fix it.feedback

Hossein Mousavian

If European leaders hold steadfast to the deal, as they have said they will, it will prove that Iran can pursue a relationship with the West minus the United States. Iran may well cooperate with Europe – and only Europe – on regional issues such as defeating Islamic State and stabilizing neighboring countries.feedback

James Jay Carafano

Iran is an adversarial power that is working against the vital interests of the region. The deal doesn't make Iran any better, so the deal doesn't serve our interests.feedback

Gerard Araud

France doesn't support the reopening of the deal. It should be rigorously implemented as it is now. How many times should we repeat it?feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement – it's not a friendship treaty. But when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies.feedback

Nikki Haley

Iran's leaders want to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage to its bad behavior. It is this unwillingness to challenge Iranian behavior, for fear of damaging the nuclear agreement, that gets to the heart of the threat the deal poses to our national security.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Iran is clearly in default of these expectations. [Iran is] threatening, not ensuring but threatening, the security of those in the region as well as the United States itself. So, we have to consider the totality of the behavior and not let our view be defined [solely] by the nuclear agreement. President Trump has made it clear to those of us who are helping him develop this policy that we must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

The #JCPOA is not (re)negotiable. A 'better deal' is pure fantasy. About time for U.S. to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran.feedback

Wendy Sherman

Either directly or indirectly, ripping up this deal by the United States is the worst thing we could do for American national security. If the deal fell apart, because we either were in material breach or we took actions where Iran decided it needed to leave, obviously Iran would be back on the march to getting potential for a nuclear weapon and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] would lose all visibility into the program.feedback

Donald J. Trump

You'll see what I'm going to be doing very shortly in October. But I will say this: The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I've ever seen. Certainly, at a minimum, the spirit of the deal is just atrociously kept, but the Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country. It's a deal that should have never, ever been made. And you'll see what we're doing in a couple of weeks. It's going to be in October.feedback

Donald J. Trump

As far as Syria is concerned, we have very little to do with Syria other than killing ISIS.feedback

Gerard Araud

We adamantly refuse to reopen the agreement. No renegotiation and respect of the agreement. On this basis, we always can discuss other issues.feedback

Israel Katz

The lesson to be learned from the Korean case is that dialogue and compromise with dictatorships seeking nuclear capability, rather than decisive action, ultimately leads to crossing the threshold and changing the rules of the game.feedback

Yossi Kuperwasser - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

It's clear that if we don't do anything, Iran will become a new North Korea, except more dangerous.feedback

Yaakov Nagel

Israel has not changed its position. Even when the agreement was signed, we said there were three or four clauses that were really bad. The deal that exists basically gives Iran the right to develop uranium.feedback

Angela Merkel

If we were asked to join talks, I would say 'yes' immediately.feedback

Nikki Haley

Either the Administration believes Iran is in violation of the deal; or the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behavior; or the lifting of sanctions is not in the U.S. national security interest.feedback

Yukiya Amano - International Atomic Energy Agency

The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (deal) are being implemented. I cannot tell you how many complementary accesses we have had, but I can tell you ... that we have had access to locations more frequently than many other countries with extensive nuclear programs.feedback

Nikki Haley

Judging any international agreement begins and ends with the nature of the government that signed it, . Can it be trusted to abide by its commitments?feedback

Michael Fallon

Not yet, but they are clearly accelerating their missile programme. The range is getting longer and longer and we have to get this programme halted because the dangers now of miscalculation, of some accident triggering a response, are extremely great.feedback

Michael Fallon

So we've got to work at this problem and bring about a diplomatic solution that stops the development of North Korea's nuclear programme and enforces the sanctions we have at the moment.feedback

Michael Fallon

What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict. So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check. I'm very concerned about the situation in the Pacific. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people. But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Angela Merkel

I could also imagine such a format for the settlement of the North Korean conflict. Europe and, in particular, Germany should be ready to contribute a very active part.feedback

Reza Konjedi

We need more billboards, more groups, to help them. At least our officials are now taking the right steps to deal with those who are suffering. We should be happy with that.feedback

Reza Konjedi

These days there is so much alcohol available, simply punishing everybody and using force is no longer working. Drinking and bootlegging used to be viewed as equal crimes, and people would be lashed for being abusers. Now, security officials, the municipality, they all view alcoholics not as criminals, but as patients who need treatment.feedback

Reza Konjedi

Local governments across the country are asking for our help, and facilitating our groups, because they are seeing that our work is effective.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If it was up to me, I would have had them non-compliant 180 days ago.feedback

Angela Merkel

If our participation in talks is desired, I will immediately say yes. A new arms race starting in the region would not be in anyone's interests.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO. I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation. We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. There is no easy way out of this difficult situation, but at the same time we have to ... continue to work for political solution, continue to press also the economic sanctions.feedback

Alan Down

It's an uncommon garden plant that makes good ground cover and is easy to grow but it comes from Iran and is an unusual plant to find in the UK.feedback

Franz Gasselsberger

I think we are the first European bank (to reach such an agreement).feedback

Franz Gasselsberger

We have very concrete projects in the fields of infrastructure, rail, health, hospital construction, factory building, photovoltaics, hydro power. The sticking point was obtaining an additional guarantee from the Iranian republic. We negotiated with the Iranian central bank but the guarantee is evidently coming from the Iranian Finance Ministry.feedback

Nikki Haley

We must consider the whole jigsaw puzzle, not just one of its pieces.feedback

Nikki Haley

This is about U.S. national security. This is not about European security.feedback

Nikki Haley

I get that Congress doesn't want this. This is not an easy situation for Congress. But our lives are not about being easy. Our lives are about being right.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria this will lead to no good. It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life. Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient. All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims.feedback

Nikki Haley

While I have discussed it with him, I do not know what decision he will make. It is his decision to make, and his alone.feedback

Nikki Haley

No, they don't want us to get out of the deal. But this is the thing: Are we going to take care of our allies and making sure they're comfortable? Or are we going to look out for our U.S. security interests?feedback

Nikki Haley

Just last month, when the United States imposed new sanctions in response to Iranian missile launches, Iran's leaders threatened once again to leave the JCPOA. This arrogant threat tells us one thing – Iran's leaders want to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage to its bad behavior.feedback

Nikki Haley

For advocates of the deal, everything in our relationship with the Iranian regime must now be subordinated to the preservation of the agreement.feedback

Nikki Haley

You can't put lipstick on a pig. We have to look at the reality that this deal is flawed. We should welcome a debate over whether the JCPOA is in U.S. national security interests.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

#IAEA verification of Iran compliance with JCPOA is based on terms of agreement; not the ulterior motives of US officials, nor of lobbyists. If the president finds that he cannot in good faith certify Iranian compliance, he would initiate a process whereby we move beyond narrow technicalities and look at the big picture. At issue is our national security. It's past time we had an Iran nuclear policy that acknowledged that.feedback

Nikki Haley

Regardless of whether one considers Iran's violations of the [Iran deal] to have been material, and regardless of whether one considers Iran's flouting of the U.N. resolution on its ballistic missile technology to be 'non-nuclear,; U.S. law requires the President to also look at whether the Iran deal is appropriate, proportionate, and in our national security interests.feedback

Ali Akbar Velayati

The Americans should take the dream of visiting our military sites, using the pretext of the JCPOA or any other pretext, to their graves.feedback

Nikki Haley

I am not saying this should go to Congress. I'm not saying we should get out of the deal. I'm not saying anything in terms of what should or shouldn't happen. What I am saying is we owe it to ourselves to look at every aspect of this deal.feedback

Danielle Pletka

It is frankly a little odd to see the president of the United States punt his constitutional prerogatives down Pennsylvania Avenue.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

This lays the groundwork for the president to decertify the deal if he chooses to do so but it doesn't necessarily follow that Congress will reinstate the J.C.P.O.A. sanctions.feedback

Nikki Haley

We should always let every country know, whether it's North Korea, Iran or anyone else, that we will always look out for our interests, our security, and make sure that it's working for us, not making sure that it works for everyone else.feedback

Nikki Haley

Iran is showing its true colors. Iran must decide whether it wants to be a member of the community of nations that can be expected to take its international obligations seriously or whether it wants to be the leader of a jihadist terrorist movement. It cannot be both. It's long past time for the international community to hold Iran to the same standard that all countries who actually value peace and security are held to.feedback

Nikki Haley

If inspections of Iranian military sites are 'merely a dream,' as Iran says, then Iranian compliance with the JCPOA is also a dream.feedback

Nikki Haley

There are ... numerous undeclared sites that have not been inspected. That is a problem.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

This is a matter of international security, international safety, and also a matter of credibility of international agreements. I was glad to hear at the beginning of this month from the re-elected president of Iran, [Hassan] Rouhani in Tehran in his inaugural speech, his personal commitment to continue to implement their part of the deal. This is what is counting the most for us in this moment.feedback

Nicholas Hopton

I cannot speak for the government of the United States of America. The British government, however, is fully committed to the JCPOA and to its successful implementation.feedback

Daryl Kimball

It's up to the IAEA to determine what they need to inspect, and where and when, to acquire the information they need to monitor and verify compliance with Section T, and I believe they have already developed an approach for doing so. At the same time, the United States is pressing the IAEA to demand inspections at sensitive military sites in the hope of provoking a refusal that would justify a finding of noncompliance.feedback

Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group

The Trump administration simply doesn't like this agreement. It will continue to look for a way not to certify Iran's compliance in coming months. And it will probably seek I.A.E.A. inspection of Iran's military facilities to an extent Iran deems intolerable. This deal is still in a lot of trouble.feedback

Dara Khosrowshahi - Expedia

I emigrated here when I was nine years old. My family had to flee Iran, ... the revolution, and we were very, very lucky to come to America and have opportunities presented to us. And that's ... one of the things that makes America great.feedback

Ibrahim Yazdi

No one can claim to be more revolutionary or Islamic than I am. We have a political crisis. We have an economic crisis. We have a social crisis. People feel they've been betrayed, that the revolution has been kidnapped.feedback

Ibrahim Yazdi

Many basic rights and liberties are continuously being denied. Therefore, one inspiration behind the revolution, restoration of people's sovereignty, democracy and so on, hasn't been achieved – yet.feedback

Ibrahim Yazdi

The day after the revolution, Khomeini was facing the question: What is an Islamic republic? I was in favor of a constitution and elections. They were against it. Khomeini was oscillating, but gradually he turned to the conservative side.feedback

Ibrahim Yazdi

Democracy is not a commodity to be imported. America doesn't carry democracy in its soldiers' rucksacks.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is very unlikely to accept America's demand to inspect our military sites.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

Regulations dictate out relations with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency, not the United States.feedback

Daniel M. Renaud

Effectively [sic] immediately and until additional guidance is received, you may not take final action on any petition or application where the applicant is a citizen or national of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya.feedback

Bruce Klingner

It's long past time to increase sanctions. It really is counter-intuitive that we don't have stronger sanctions on North Korea than on Iran, but the opposite has been true.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the U.N. should not accept. The victory over ISIS is welcome. Iran's entry is unwelcome, endangering us, and in my opinion, endangering the region and the world.feedback

Avidgor Lieberman

We are determined to prevent any threat to the security of the citizens of Israel.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I understand the security concerns of Israel, and I repeat that the idea or the intention or the will to destroy the State of Israel is something totally unacceptable from my perspective.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate. I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Actually in the middle of a hurricane even though it was a Friday evening I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally –you know the hurricane was just started. He was pardoned after his wife donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clintons. President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, who was charged with crimes going back decades, including illegally buying oil from Iran while it held 53 American hostages.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I believe that the horror of the Holocaust should be such that anti-Semitism should now be dead forever.feedback

Nikki Haley

Gen Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons. That's an embarrassing lack of understanding on what's going on around him.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I dream that I will have the chance to see in the Holy Land two states able to live together in mutual recognition, but also in peace and security. To express that the right of existence of the state of Israel doesn't exist or the wish to destroy the state of Israel is an unacceptable form of modern anti-Semitism.feedback

Dara Khosrowshahi - Expedia

I emigrated here when I was 9 years old, my family had to flee Iran. And we were very, very lucky to come to America and have the opportunities presented to us, and that's one of the things that makes America great. The power of immigration, the American dream – if you think about the power of the American dream – it is the best brand out there. It's stronger than Apple, and Microsoft and Google combined, times 10x.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

I will do everything in my capacity to make sure that UNIFIL fully meets its mandate. To express that the right of existence of the state of Israel doesn't exist or the wish to destroy the state of Israel is an unacceptable form of modern anti-Semitism.feedback

Michael Petry

We are more aware of death than ever now. A generation of young artists has grown up in the last two decades in the shadow of endless killing, nonstop war in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq – and now we have two mad men with their fingers on the nuclear button.feedback

Saba Motmaen

He is a great teacher, who taught me and others how to connect to god. Many great people have gone to the scaffolds. He has stood by his beliefs. This proves his righteousness.feedback

Mohammad Ali Taheri

Humans are as extensive as the universe and are comprised of infinite parts.feedback

Saba Motmaen

He has taught me to connect to god through happiness not sorrow.feedback

Hadi Partovi

His mom raised him to be direct with people. By far the biggest challenge he faced, which is what all of us faced, was having to come to a new country and assimilate. Being an Iranian in America in the 1980s was not pleasant. People were singing 'Bomb bomb bomb Iran.feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent is already in practice in control of Lebanon. We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel. Israel opposes Iran's continued entrenchment in Syria. We will be sure to defend ourselves with all means against this and any threat. Bringing Shi'ites into the Sunni sphere will surely have many serious implications both in regard to refugees and to new terrorist acts.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

So Iran is certainly the most destabilizing influence in the Middle East.feedback

Arian Mozaffari

These are state-of-the-art methods to feed nonsense into people's minds. The idea that we should be strong or will be eaten did not gain a lot of traction 10 years ago, but now for some it does.feedback

Nikki Haley

I have good confidence in the IAEA, but they are dealing with a country that has a clear history of lying and pursuing covert nuclear programmes.feedback

John Glaser - Cato Institute

He's given strong indications that he's just not going to recertify it. If we were to leave the deal or deliberately abrogate it, we'd be isolated internationally and we wouldn't be able to do anything like reapply sanctions that would do any kind of damage on Iran. That's because the rest of the international community would not sort of play along.feedback

Nikki Haley

General Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons. That's an embarrassing lack of understanding on what's going on around him. Hezbollah openly brags about their weapons. They parade them before TV cameras. The secretary general [of the U.N.] reports have confirmed this. For the UNIFIL commander to deny it ... has any proof, shows that we need to have changes in UNIFIL.feedback

Nikki Haley

Why would they say that if they had nothing to hide? Why wouldn't they let the IAEA go there?feedback

Nikki Haley

If you look ... at past Iranian behavior, what you've seen is there have been covert actions at military sites, at universities, things like that. Are you looking at everything? Are you looking at those places where there has been covert activity in the past? Are you able to get access to these areas? Or are you being delayed? Are you being shut out from those things?feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

Despite our disagreement with both sides, we have asked them to resolve their disputes through dialogue and negotiations.feedback

Bahram Qassemi

The phone call was made last night, and the Qatari side expressed their interest in returning their ambassador to Tehran. Their ambassador had been recalled to Doha for certain consultations, and his return to Tehran is considered a logical and positive move and decision. As we have repeatedly declared, the Islamic Republic of Iran's principled policy has always been, and will be, the development of its relations with all neighbours.feedback

Marc Pierini

In Turkey, there is a tradition where you score points if you tease allies. In my view, it's the wrong assumption, but never mind that. [Turkish] leaders dream of being the independent power with equal distance from the U.S., the West, the EU, Russia, Iran and so on, and playing their own power games. That's fine in principle, except that it's very difficult to achieve in the sense that Turkey's security is dependent on the West and NATO.feedback

Ali Faza Mahdi

The Saudis are fighting us only because we are Shiite, and now they want to be present in Najaf?feedback

Benjamin Netanyahu

I will discuss with (Putin) Iran's accelerated effort to entrench militarily in Syria. This creates a problem not just for Israel, but for all the of countries of the Middle East and the whole world.feedback

Yoav Gallant

We will find the common diplomatic and political interest with the United States, and later on with Russia, in order to combine our efforts and effect Iran's return to its place. We should also prepare the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) so it ... has relevant plans (for Syria), should that be required.feedback

Alexander Petrovich Shein

We take the Israeli interests in Syria into account. Were it up to Russia, the foreign forces would not stay.feedback

Nikki Haley

We don't know if he's going to certify or decertify the deal.feedback

Nikki Haley

If you look ... at past Iranian behaviour, what you've seen is there have been covert actions at military sites, at universities, things like that. There were already issues in those locations, so are they including that in what they look at to make sure that those issues no longer remain? They have the authority to look at military sites now. They have the authority to look at any suspicious sites now, it's just are they doing it?feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Everyone involved needs to do its utmost to protect and support that agreement.feedback

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon - NATO

Syria's chemical weapons program was basically built up by Iran and Russia. But the North Koreans have been desperate for currency and have been happy to sell technology to anyone. It has always been a real concern that they would sell their chemical and nuclear expertise. Let's hope it doesn't speak to a wider involvement in the (chemical weapons) sphere, especially by the jihadis.feedback

Bashar al-Assad

In Syria we have paid high price for the failed talks…but in any case, the price of resistance is lower than the price of surrender.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

I tell all our fighters and the Iraqi people: you're on the victorious side and the world supports you and awaits your victory. The international coalition will support you.feedback

Jawad Al-Tamimi - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

This is where the contradiction comes in, in U.S. foreign policy, fighting both ISIS and Iran. The U.S. can support the armies of the region, but it won't be able to counter Iran's work with the militias of the region, both which are important to the battle against ISIS.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

In recent months, the world has witnessed that the US, in addition to its constant and repetitive breaking of its promises in the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear deal], has ignored several other global agreements and shown its allies that the US is neither a good partner nor a reliable negotiating party. The full implementation of the nuclear deal benefits the EU and the region; therefore, it is necessary that the EU increases its efforts and role in this regard.feedback

Ibrahim Kalin

An agreement was reached to hold further high-level visits from now on. A series of activities will also be held to boost military cooperation.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I think unilateral sanctions ... are irresponsible actions that can hurt and undermine the balance achieved.feedback

Farshad Ghorbanpour

Mr. Karroubi has nothing to lose, he is old, sick and has to put up a fight if he ever wants to be free. This might just be the push that those in favor of their freedom need to gain support for their release.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

I have given the order to the armed forces' joint chiefs of staff to start preparations for a national civil-military exercise for the integrated armed defense of the Venezuelan nation. Everyone has to join the defense plan, millions of men and women, let's see how the American imperialists like it.feedback