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It is a contributor to terrorism in many different ways and the extremism that we see in the world today comes to no small degree from the utter exasperation that people have with the sense that the system is rigged, we see this anger manifesting itself in different forms in elections around the world, including ours.
We agreed we're both working at making sure that the ... nuclear agreement is implemented in exactly the way that it is meant to be and that all the parties to that agreement get the benefits that they are supposed to get out of the agreement, we will meet again to sort of solidify what we talked about today.
The missiles are a violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution because they are longer than the distance allowed for ballistic missiles and, because of that, they represent a potential threat to the countries in the region and beyond, we have made it very clear that the missile concerns remain part of sanctionable activity with respect to Iran. If Iran chooses to violate that, they will invite additional sanctions, as we put them in place just a month ago as a result of the prior tests.
I'm as proud of this as anything I've been engaged in, no country has ever done what we did. I don't know of any other nation in the world that goes to the lengths we go in active duty, military people digging at active sites, pulling up the remains of a C-130, or helicopter, or something, in order to complete the mission.
I would say that probably 99% of Americans don't know that they're here doing what they're doing, but for a lot of Americans, this is one of the most important missions in the world because they're still missing their loved ones and they don't have closure, and people deserve and want closure. War has terrible, lingering scars, and where you have an ability to be able to address them, we should.
The fact is there is nothing, absolutely nothing, more demoralizing and disempowering to any citizen of any nation than the belief the system is rigged against them and that people in positions of power are -- to use a diplomatic term of art -- crooks who are stealing the future of their own people, it's everybody's responsibility to condemn and expose corruption, to hold perpetrators accountable and to replace a culture of corruption.
I raised it immediately with the Iranians. It was not put out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the government directly, it was put out I think by the military over there, the (Revolutionary Guard), who is opposed to what we are doing. the challenge is three or four years ago, we wouldn't have known who to call ... and it could have grown into a major kind of hostage confrontation the way it had previously.
I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role in trying to resolve some of the very difficult issues of the Middle East. We need to achieve peace and a way forward in Syria, in Yemen, in the region itself, and I think there are opportunities this week, through these discussions, to make some progress.
The president believes that mil-to-mil conversation is an important next step and hopefully will take place very shortly and help to define some of the different options available to us as we consider next steps in Syria, our focus remains on destroying ISIL (Islamic State militants) and also on a political settlement with respect to Syria, which we believe cannot be achieved with the long-term presence of (President Bashar al-) Assad.
He traveled to Iran as a tourist to visit family, committed no crime, yet this nightmare continues, he received approval for his trip from Iranian authorities and was reassured that he would not be punished for his service in the Marines. Now he has suffered in an Iranian prison longer than any American in history.
We're very outspoken, and we will remain very clear and outspoken on these issues, we had a very direct conversation today about human rights. They're ready to engage on these issues, and let's see what progress can be made. ... If they challenge their own citizens on the issue of human rights, you will hear us loudly and clearly taking them on with respect to that.
We want to ensure the security of critical sea lanes and fishing grounds and to see that disputes in the area are managed peacefully and on the basis of international law, i hope very much that at this meeting over the course of today and tomorrow we will find a way to move forward, effectively, together, all of us.
It is not a one-way street, it is a two-way street, with mutual interests and mutual needs that need to be addressed, i am confident that with Camp David those views are going to take shape in a form that will greatly enhance our ability to meet the needs of our people, and the needs of all those people, who want a future that is free of terrorism....
We have two and a half months more to negotiate; that's a serious amount of time with some serious business left to do, we hope Congress listens carefully and ask the questions that it wants. But also give us the space and the time to be able to complete a very difficult task which has high stakes for our country.
We recognize that fundamental decisions have to be made now and they don't get any easier as time goes by, it is time to make hard decisions. We want the right deal that would make the world, including the United States and our closest partners and allies, safer and more secure, and that is our test.
Terror groups like the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e Taiba, and other groups, continue to pose a threat to Pakistan, to its neighbors, and to the United States, and all of us have a responsibility to ensure that these groups do not gain a foothold but rather are pushed back into the recesses of (Pakistan’s) memory. ... Make no mistake. The task is a difficult one and it is not done.
Terror groups like the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e Taiba, and other groups, continue to pose a threat to Pakistan, to its neighbors, and to the United States, and we all of us have a responsibility to ensure that these groups do not gain a foothold but rather are pushed back into the recesses of (Pakistan’s) memory, this task is obviously far from finished.
Right now we're trying to have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward in order to create the climate, the atmosphere, the political space if you will, to be able to go back to negotiations, in the end, though, this isn't up to the international community or others.
Let me say that Russia has made constructive moves in the last days, there are some indications that whether it is the line of control negotiation or the calm that is, in fact, in place in a number of places, the withdrawal of certain people, there are signs of constructive choices. And that can only be helpful, hopefully.