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. chri§§y

    Lol meant *known* not appear as the last word.

    October 2, 2014 at 7:35 am |
  2. Missy

    These comments are immensely sickening. Such forums should be shut down.

    October 2, 2014 at 9:14 am |
    • banasy©

      The hate fest continues.

      October 2, 2014 at 10:54 am |
    • rupert

      Missy. I try to teach them right from wrong, but they just won't listen.

      October 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm |
  3. Stuart Parish

    My god. Hope the UN is looking into the Indian R@pe syndrome. It is alarming.

    October 2, 2014 at 9:29 am |
  4. Seafarer

    Iran telling Americans what to do.
    Should I laugh or cry.

    October 2, 2014 at 9:40 am |
  5. Hans

    What is the matter with Indians? All I hear is raypes or lack of toilets or terrorism or excreta or filth in that nation. The land of snake charmers.

    October 2, 2014 at 10:01 am |
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmm... excrement

      October 2, 2014 at 11:52 am |
      • Charlie

        Ms. Palin, can you see hindoos rayping in India from ya window?

        October 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm |
    • Jared Brown

      I like to raype. I live in DC where it's all right to do so if my victims are hindoos

      October 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm |
      • Ketone

        Rayping hindoos is fair game. Their constant shaking of head is to taken as Yes. Therefore Consensual. Just bathe them first to get rid of nasty BO.

        October 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm |
  6. Philip

    Every 2 minutes an American se xually assaults someone. Clean yourself up, Lady America. And keep your big fat nose out of your neighbor's business. Thanks.

    October 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ketone

    Ebola is to Liberia what Raypeola is to India. Both deadly diseases of hindoo origin.

    October 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm |
  8. Robin V

    :::30% of raypes in India happen in bushes where women go to defecate and another 25% on rail tracks: SOURCE: Hallop Polls
    The rest on moving vehicles.

    October 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  9. Kapatoke

    Ahhhhh ... Here we go again. Another thing coming out of India .... Ebola virus.

    October 3, 2014 at 9:45 am |
  10. Rouhani is just the mouthpiece

    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 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm |
  11. Rouhani is just the mouthpiece

    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 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
  12. Mike

    John Kerry spend 6 hours to talk with Zarif the representative of Iran Mullah regime for Null results!
    Iran terrorist supporter regime wanted bomb and rockets very badly.....

    October 15, 2014 at 10:49 pm |
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