September 30th, 2014
11:56 AM ET

Rouhani on Congress and the nuclear negotiations

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Fareed speaks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about the ongoing nuclear negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

Mr. President, you know that if President Barack Obama brings a nuclear deal to Congress, it is very likely that many people in Congress – his opposition, his conservative opposition – will denounce him as a traitor, as having sold out American security interests. What would be your advice to him? How should he sell the deal in Washington if there is a deal?

I do not wish to give any advice vis-à-vis congress to President Obama. I am certain that they will work it out between themselves.

But you know that it’s very unlikely that Congress will lift the sanctions by law that they have enacted, and so you will have to accept presidential waivers. Is that a compromise you are willing to accept?

Sir, we have nothing to do with the domestic affairs of countries. Whatever the interaction may be between the executive branch and the legislative branch in America, it is none of our business. Our counterpart is not the U.S. congress, it is the U.S. executive branch. It is the administration. We will reach an agreement, God willing, if it is meant to be so, with the administration. And then President Obama’s administration has to work its own problems out with its Congress.

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  1. palintwit

    " Analyzing anything Sarah Palin says is like reading into the secret messages you think your cat is leaving you when it rips up the toilet paper or pees in your shoe. It's pointless and you will only drive yourself slowly insane, babbling to yourself while your friends beg you to go outside and get some sunlight or something. "

    September 30, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • So True

      Scientists first believed they successfully cloned a Palin supporter. But on further research, the scientists discovered it was just an amoeba.

      September 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      I sincerely believe that Sarah Palin will make an excellent president. I hope she runs.
      She has my vote.

      September 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Fake palintwit @ 11:30.

        October 1, 2014 at 10:24 am |
    • Philip

      Lmao. According to the 14 million dollar National US Adult literacy survey, analyzing anything that the average US adult has to say is like trying to decode what an 8th grader might or might not say.
      For a fact, Sarah Palin, as dumb as she is, is vastly more intelligent than most of US.
      Whoever it was that decided that the average citizen should be empowered to vote and so decide who among US should be leaders is freaking dumb.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Reply
      • Mel

        Just because you're too stupid to vote doesn't mean everybody else should be denied that right, tool. I know you want a dictator, but tough. What a moron.

        October 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm |
  2. Towel Heads

    We don't need to negotiate Towel Head.

    September 30, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Gerald O'Hare

      As you know, Towel Heads, you can't expect much from those idiots in Congress. Their only concern is lining their pockets as much as possible. One way of doing this is by being politically "correct"!

      September 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  3. bobcat2u

    BREAKING NEWS:

    A small 1 SEATER plane crashed into a cemetery. Police have recovered 102 bodies so far and will continue to dig throughout the night.

    Full story at 6:00.

    September 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  4. chri§§y

    Me three @ bobcat! You da man! Lmao

    September 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  5. banasy©

    Rhouhani is right; it was rather absurd for FZ to bring up Congress in this context.

    September 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      @ banasy,
      That swipe at conservatives was merely big press, you know, with motivation. It was too transparent for you, but it wasn't for most USA voters.

      October 1, 2014 at 6:23 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Rouhani is very shrewd. So shrewd that Netanyahu has warned the West against being tricked by Rouhani's "charm-offensive".
      Fareed's question would be difficult for Obama himself to answer, let alone Rohani.

      October 1, 2014 at 9:44 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        I am unimpressed by Netanyahu; I am not charmed by Rouhani, either.
        Stupid questions deserve the answers received.
        It was an absurd line of questioning by FZ.

        October 1, 2014 at 10:04 am |
  6. Philip

    How about some nuclear negotiation concerning Israel's illegal nuclear weapons.

    September 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/07/17/report-23-u-s-citizens-on-crashed-malaysia-airlines-jet/

      September 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  7. Philip

    A Jumbo Jet carrying 23 US citizens was shot down as reported by Major Media outlets. But the next day, the same outlets reported just one US citizen being on board. What the?.

    September 30, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      http://nypost.com/2014/07/17/malaysian-passenger-plane-shot-down-over-ukraine/

      September 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/malaysia-airlines-plane-crash-boeing-jet-carrying-295-people-crashes-in-ukraine-9612882.html

      September 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      http://fox13now.com/2014/07/17/cnn-malaysia-airlines-flight-has-crashed-in-ukraine-with-almost-300-on-board/

      September 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/07/17/report-23-u-s-citizens-on-crashed-malaysia-airlines-jet/

      September 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  8. Philip

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/07/17/report-23-u-s-citizens-on-crashed-malaysia-airlines-jet/

    Every major news org published the fact that 23 US citizens were onboard MAL flight shot down over Ukraine. Yet the official WH version claims only one US citizen was onboard.
    Do any of you have a problem with this? Or, better yet; did any if you "news bloggers" even notice?

    September 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Linda

      The reports were put out too early, before any details were confirmed. It's the "shoot now, confirm facts later" syndrome that has plagued media for many years. This "news blogger" (what does that even mean, anyhow? Sounds slightly condescending.) knows better than to believe everything hook line and sinker from breaking news reports. One picks up a story, and all media repeats it. Nothing new.

      September 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Ha!

        October 1, 2014 at 8:25 am |
      • Philip

        Don't be stupid, Linda. What are the odds on virtually every news outlet on earth all being wrong on the same simple reading of an airline passenger list.
        Holy crap. 20 of those 23 US citizens were registered to go to an AIDS convention in Sydney, Australia for crying out loud.

        October 1, 2014 at 10:50 pm |
      • Linda

        I gave one possible explanation. Don't be an ass<hole because you don't agree.
        (Note to self...never answer this asshat again. If you don't agree with him, he calls you stupid. Ignore from now on.)

        October 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm |
      • Philip

        What Rupert said. Ha!

        October 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm |
      • Mel

        Lmao. What a dick.

        October 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    Spot on @ Philips 6:57 post! Way past time for that to happen!

    September 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  10. Mike

    Rouhani is puppet of Iran Islamic regime supreme leader.
    The regime of iran is liar. Nobody trust them in iran.
    They broke their promises many times. No human rights for Iranian and no access to the facebook or websites or twitter. All have been filtered!.

    They jail thousands of oppositions that mostly are students, teachers, lawyers, journalists or other religions and Kurds and Arabs and executed thousands of political prisons over the last 30 years. Most of them wanted democracy and human rights.

    They wanted bomb to control the region and continue dictatorship in Iran.
    Do not trust their promises. They didn't allow to Mr Shahid the united nation human right inspector to visit the prisons!
    How they permit to have their Nuclear sites visited like Fordoo?!!

    September 30, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • even an Iranian agrees!

      Iran is a classic case study, for all the people of planet earth, of why it is not necessarily a good thing, when the religious cadres of this world, take over the government of a State. Ever since 1978, after the Shah of Iran was deposed, and Ayahtollah Khomeini took charge of Iran, the world has watched, and waited, for the most amazing advancement and re-emergence of the Persian civilization to unfold. It never happened. Why? Simple truth: because these religious types are just religious types. That's why. They have no understanding of the modern world, the complexities of modern economics, the need for a society to embrace technology, the need for a modern society to embrace some basic freedoms. They are stuck in the eleventh century, with Sharia Law, and wave a book, their Koran, that emerged from some events in the 6th century. They are truly the past. No wonder they cannot forge towards a bright future for their populace. Rouhani is just the mouthpiece of the archaic mullahs hiding behind him. He has learned to equivocate, to say no when he means yes, to say maybe when he wants to dodge a direct question, to dance to the tune of his bosses (the mullahs) without heaping too much hatred of the people upon his head. Basically, he is dancing between the raindrops, and not getting wet. The entire world can easily see through his facade. Iran will remain a joke until they get rid of their mullahs from the 6th century. The scary part for Iranians: that may never happen.

      October 1, 2014 at 1:48 am | Reply
      • Philip

        Not to mention the religious Bush, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Obama, etc., and the religious zealots that keep voting men such as them into office.
        Bunch of freaking idiots. War mongers and blind flag wavers believing anything priest, pastor, or politician spews. Total jerks who have confuses love of country with love of whatever government is in charge. NAZI partisans, really. Even little spoiled brat NAZI youth running their snot-nosed mouths.

        October 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm |
  11. Mike

    Shamkhani the Iran islamic revolutionary commander met Al Assad the criminal president of Syria today in Syria and promised to give him and and his supporter -Hezbollah Shia terrorist group – more money and weapon to kill more innocent Syrian with Dynamite barrels and Chemical bombs!

    October 1, 2014 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • even an Iranian agrees!

      The Western World figured out a concept called: "Separation of Church and State" long ago, and for exactly the reasons you have enumerated. Thank you! Time for the Islamic World to take note, and do something about it. Whether it be the mullahs of Iran, or the single-minded, Koran focused, Taliban of Afghanistan, or the lost goats in the desert called ISIS, that also wave their Koran at the clouds, all proclaiming Allah O Akbar, while they murder infidels, all these buggers need to take a breather, think about things for a few weeks/months, re-evaluate their approach to life, consider whether 6th century thinking is progress, and learn from Asia to make science, technology, hard work and non-violence, their new mantra. Until they can evolve into that new heaven of freedom, they will remain at odds with the rest of us, and continue to have bombs raining down upon them. The problem: they have no clue!

      October 1, 2014 at 1:49 am | Reply
  12. Mike

    Fareed Zakaria did an interview with Rouhani.
    Rouhani claimed that we are against terrorists!!! it looks like a joke!!
    He explain that Syria rebels that fight against the criminal Assad and ISIS are one of those terrorists!!!
    Rouhani claimed that no journalist get arrested in iran nor in the jail!! The UN human rights organization show up 58 journalist are keeping in jail right now!!!
    Rouhani is new version of liar Ahmadinejad and another puppet from supreme leader of Iran islamic regime that act the same as ISIS. They support all the terrorists in the region to make tension and could finish their nuclear bomb project.

    October 1, 2014 at 12:10 am | Reply
    • even an Iranian agrees!

      Iran is a classic case study, for all the people of planet earth, of why it is not necessarily a good thing, when the religious cadres of this world, take over the government of a State. Ever since 1978, after the Shah of Iran was deposed, and Ayahtollah Khomeini took charge of Iran, the world has watched, and waited, for the most amazing advancement and re-emergence of the Persian civilization to unfold. It never happened. Why? Simple truth: because these religious types are just religious types. That's why. They have no understanding of the modern world, the complexities of modern economics, the need for a society to embrace technology, the need for a modern society to embrace some basic freedoms. They are stuck in the eleventh century, with Sharia Law, and wave a book, their Koran, that emerged from some events in the 6th century. They are truly the past. No wonder they cannot forge towards a bright future for their populace. Rouhani is just the mouthpiece of the archaic mullahs hiding behind him. He has learned to equivocate, to say no when he means yes, to say maybe when he wants to dodge a direct question, to dance to the tune of his bosses (the mullahs) without heaping too much hatred of the people upon his head. Basically, he is dancing between the raindrops, and not getting wet. The entire world can easily see through his facade. Iran will remain a joke until they get rid of their mullahs from the 6th century. The scary part for Iranians: that may never happen.....

      October 1, 2014 at 1:54 am | Reply
  13. Thomas

    Yes Mitt Romney will run a third time , and he will loose a third time .

    Birth Control starts with a modern day leader .

    October 1, 2014 at 1:57 am | Reply
  14. Cyrusz

    Majority of Iraqi parliament members are Shia, because most of majority of Sunni people did not vote.
    So the new Shia prime minister can not assign the defense minister from the Sunni or independent people!
    The best approach is to cancel the parliament and do a real election.
    Without cooperation of Sunni, it will not be any hope for the Iraq in the future.
    All the foreign military groups like Badr or Sepah Ghods of Iran regime and Hezbollah and ISIS also must leave the country to the Iraqi people.

    October 1, 2014 at 11:59 am | Reply
  15. Carnivale

    Meanwhile the Indians keep on raping in India. Oblivious to events in the world.

    October 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Sam White

      Oh shut up with your garbage. US is highest in rape in the WORLD. Clean up your own nasty cesspool, rapist pig bigot.

      October 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Zhao Deng

      Raype is hindoo middle name

      October 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  16. bobcat2u

    Well, it's Octember 1st and still no real news. Just the same ole drivel presented to the public to confabulate and/or bloviate on said topic. So I guess it's my turn.

    "Dad, where did I come from?" asks this 10-years-old. The father was shocked that a 10 year old would be asking a question like that. He was hoping to wait a few more years before he would have to explain the facts of life, but he figured it was better a few years early than a few days too late, so, for the next two hours he explained every thing to his son. When he got finished, he asked his son what prompted his question to which his son replied, "I was talking to the new kid across the street and he said he came from Ohio, so I was just wondering where I came from."

    October 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      This is much better than one of CNN's main page articles:

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/01/living/how-laundry-mistakes-real-simple/?cid=homepage-ob-gc&iref=obnetwork

      Smh.

      October 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  17. chri§§y

    Octember? Thats a new one lol.

    October 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  18. chri§§y

    Lmao @ banasy...it shouldve been one of their "Apparantly this Matters" stories huh?

    October 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  19. Zhao Deng

    Wonder how many have been gang rayped in India while their Premier Modi had his pants down in the White House.

    October 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      You think Modi is getting lucky at the W H. Really.

      October 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Odd. According to FBI crime stats, Americans raype a lot of people. Around 100K per year. And that with the majority of raype cases never being reported to the authorities. Million of raype victims never called the cops. Rather, covered up for rapists so they could stay out of prison and raype even more.

      October 1, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Reply
      • Steele

        Raypes are a celebration of hinduism in India. It is the very fabric of Indian hindu culture.
        It has been going on for 5000 years. One gang raype every 2 seconds is the norm in hindooland per interpol.

        October 2, 2014 at 4:25 am |
  20. chri§§y

    Raype is many mens middle name...everywhere around the world!!!!

    October 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • Steele

      Per CNN statistics, 60% of men in India think that rayping and burning wife alive for dowry is acceptable. That is about 420 Million men !!!! That is more than the population of USA !!!!

      October 2, 2014 at 4:27 am | Reply
  21. Mike

    The human rights groups have criticized the Islamic Republic of Iran for a surge in executions under Hassan Rouhani, in his first year as President.

    According to the United Nations, Iran has executed at least 170 people this year. In 2013, Iran executed more people than any other country with the exception of China, the world's most populous nation.

    40 political prisoners are in execution waiting list of Rajai shahr prison in the west of Tehrann. Most of them are Sunni Kurdish, Balouch or Arab.

    October 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Get a clue. Over 600 employees of the Bridas corporation were and have been illegally detained at GITMO for over a decade. Their crime? Legally operating the TAPI pipelines of Afghanistan. The ones that the Bush-Bin Laden combined families wanted for themselves. (Bush-Binladen group aka The Carlyle Group)
      Cite Unocal v Bridas, Texas court of appeals, and Bridas v Turkmenneft, US Supreme Court.
      Bridas fought for and won the legal right to operate the TAPI, and Bushco troops shot them all as suspects and kidnapped the 600 survivors.

      October 1, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Big deal. China executes about 1,200 fraudulent businessmen each and every year. China executes business frauds. The US fines them a few bucks.

      October 1, 2014 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  22. chri§§y

    And NOT voting is also FREAKING DUMB! Also gives you no right to criticize anything that our government does since youve shirked your responsibility and duty!!!!

    October 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Little wonder, then, why neither Jesus nor Roman citizen the apostle Paul ever voted or joined any man's army. Nor did their students!

      October 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  23. Philip

    Daddy? What are those two doggies doing?
    "Well, uh. The one on the back hurt his paw and so the other one is giving him a ride to the doggy hospital."

    October 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Mel

      And that's how you were conceived.

      October 1, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  24. chri§§y

    Lmao @ Mel, youre quick! And funny! Oh and right too...what a dick!

    October 2, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
  25. Steele

    :::20% of women or 140 million women have been gang rayped in India

    :::60% of men or 420 million men in India think that rayping and burning wife alive for dowry by spraying kerosene and lighting her up is acceptable.

    :::Only 1% of raypes in India are reported.

    :::There is a raype every 2 seconds in India

    Ahhhhhh...... Those cannibals from India.

    October 2, 2014 at 4:29 am | Reply
  26. chri§§y

    And we can do WHAT by you telling us this info numorous times? I mean besides vomit repeatedly!

    October 2, 2014 at 6:06 am | Reply
    • Ashley E.

      Take away is that if you decide to visit India protect your p ussy. Otherwise someone will shove a metal rod into it.. Get it? India is raype centrale. A raype happens there every second. Bad karma.

      October 2, 2014 at 7:06 am | Reply
  27. Philip

    Every 2 minutes an American se xually assaults someone, usually a member of their own family or a close friend of the family.
    The majority of these assaults are kept secret by the victim and/or the victim's dysfunctional family. And is why only about 2% of Americans who se xually assault someone ever go to prison.
    https://www.rainn.org/statistics

    October 2, 2014 at 6:31 am | Reply
  28. Ashley E.

    India has tribal laws. The raype woman has to appear before a judge who does a two finger test to determine the plausibility of a raype. What in fact happens is that the woman is rayped again by the judiciary. So first, the woman is gang rayped by hindoo bad guys. Then by police when she files a complaint. Lastly, she is rayped by judges in the courts. CHEERS ! MADE IN INDIA !

    October 2, 2014 at 7:00 am | Reply
  29. Carly

    Analyzing the raype statistics presented herein it would appear there is an epidemic in India. Women even men should think twice before visiting India. E Coli, Ebola and now E Rapola.

    October 2, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply
  30. chri§§y

    Speaking of vomiting repeatedly and look....who would appear! Guess i should appear!

    October 2, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
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