Both leaders said they shared the view that Iran must not be able to build nuclear weapons, and President Obama said for the first time that by the end of 2009, he would be able to assess whether his diplomatic outreach to Iran had worked.
“By the end of the year I think we should have some sense as to whether or not these discussions are starting to yield significant benefits,” he said, “whether we are starting to see serious movement on the part of the Iranians. If that hasn’t taken place, then I think the international community will see that it’s not the United States or Israel or other countries that are seeking to isolate or victimize Iran. Rather, it is Iran itself which is isolating itself.”
From May 18, 2009:
Next year’s State of the Union Address should be interesting.