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Clinton: Not ‘Either/Or’ Between Negotiating With Iran and Supporting Dissidents

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | October 05, 2009 | Frazer Pugh

Asked at the George Washington University forum about whether the Obama administration was effectively undermining the Iranian opposition by negotiating with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the choice was not “either/or.” Citing the U.S. experience throughout the Cold War of “always press[ing]” the Soviet Union on human rights while talking “with them about reducing their nuclear arsenal,” Clinton said that “we’ve been very clear in supporting the legitimate aspirations of Iranian people and speaking out forcefully against irregularities of their electoral process.” The responsibility of statecraft is to support both U.S. interests and human rights, she said.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that his view is that the “only solution” out of the Iranian nuclear impasse is to convince the Iranians that a nuclear weapon “is not in their interest.” Saying that he’s been called naive for believing the U.S. might be able to do that in concert with its allies, he mused whether the Iranians believe that “proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East” was ultimately in their interests, citing a worst-case scenario of the regional picture after a hypothetical nuclear Iran. “Do they think that enhances their national security?”

Frazer Pugh | I work in the investment management sector as a professional. Previously, I advised top financial services companies on balance sheet management, portfolio planning, and valuations as a consultant. I am currently pursuing a part-time MBA at Melbourne University, where I am a lecturer in accounting and hedge fund strategies, as well as a mentor/coach in a part-time equity analysis initiative. I have a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in finance, and am a Chartered Accountant. I enjoy instructing and assisting others in achieving their objectives.


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