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Clinton does not intend to leave post

Hillary Rodham Clinton said that her job is exhausting, but that she enjoys it and feels she is making a difference. Hillary Rodham Clinton said that her job is exhausting, but that she enjoys it and feels she is making a difference. (William B. Plowman/ Meet The Press)
Associated Press / May 3, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that she intends to serve as secretary of state throughout the first term of the Obama administration.

Clinton said in a televised interview that the job is exhausting, but that she enjoys it and feels her efforts are making a difference around the world, although there are incredibly difficult problems.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,’’ Clinton said she does not want to serve on the Supreme Court and has never wanted to be a judge. President Obama is considering potential replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Clinton also said it is clear that Iran is in violation of a treaty designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

The secretary of state will speak this week at a UN conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which is expected to focus on Iran’s nuclear program. She has warned that if Tehran gets the bomb, the rest of the Middle East could follow.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is scheduled to speak at the conference, and Clinton said yesterday that he would try to divert attention from his nuclear program at a moment when an American-led drive to impose new economic sanctions is picking up steam.

Clinton said she expects there will be some reconciliation between those fighting in Afghanistan, but she doubts that some US foes will be willing to set aside differences. She said she has doubts whether Taliban leader Mullah Omar will say he is giving up his ties to Al Qaeda.