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Iran's Nuclear Program
Secretary Rice (Jan. 12):
"Well, there are no perfect policies. These are tough choices. And one set of policies brings a set of consequences, other policies could bring even greater unintended consequences. Because after all, we are dealing with Iran not just in terms of its nuclear program, but also in a regional context." Full Text

Remarks At the United Nations Security Council Session On the Situation in the Middle East
Date: 01/06/2009 Location: New York City Description: Secretary speaks during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Gaza at United Nations Headquarters. © AP PhotoSecretary Rice (Jan. 6):
"The United States is, of course, deeply concerned about the situation in Gaza, which is clearly worsening. We have been working around the clock to try and end the violence there. The ongoing attacks against Israel and the decision that Hamas made not to respect the previous period of calm shows us that when this ends there must be new arrangements in place, not a return to the status quo ante. It is imperative that any cease-fire is durable and sustainable, and that it ensures the safety and security of Israelis and Palestinians alike." Full Text

U.S. Government Support for Humanitarian Assistance Activities in Gaza (Jan. 5)
The United States Government continues to support the delivery of urgently needed food, health, shelter and other emergency assistance to the people of Gaza through our ongoing support for international organizations such as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the World Food Program (WFP), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). [more]

Situation in Gaza
Secretary Rice (Jan. 2):
"We are working toward a cease-fire that would not allow a reestablishment of the status quo ante where Hamas can continue to launch rockets out of Gaza. It is obvious that that cease-fire should take place as soon as possible, but we need a cease-fire that is durable and sustainable. I might note that it was Hamas that rejected the Egyptian and Arab calls for an extension of the tahadiya that Egypt had negotiated."  Full Text  | Press statement

Quartet Statement
Text of a statement issued by the Quartet (United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation, and the United States).

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