U.S. Senators:  “Iran is the greatest threat to U.S. security”

U.S. Senators:  “Iran is the greatest threat to U.S. security”
# 31 January 2013 20:53 (UTC +04:00)

According to APA's Washington DC correspondent, most of the questions were related to numerous statements Hagel in the past about his disagreement with the policy of unilateral sanctions against Iran, and calls go to direct talks with the Iranian government. His opponents said that the U.S. government ought not to negotiate with terrorists, and expressed disappointment that Iran welcomed the governments to Hagel nomination to the post of defense minister.

Responding to questions, Hagel said that Iran has devoted two chapters of his recently published book, repeatedly reiterated its commitment to the policy positions of President Obama's pre-emptive rather than constraining measures.

However, Hagel assured listeners that he strongly supports the need to consider military action in case if diplomacy does not produce the desired results. However, he refused to identify "red line", for which he would be willing to take military action. Hagel also reiterated his vision of Iran as a country that supports terrorism at the state level and sponsoring terrorist organization "Hezbollah" and "Hamas".

Hagel had to answer, and for the way he voted in different years on issues related to Iran, including his refusal to vote in 2008 for the recognition of the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

Hagel explained that he was one of 22 senators who voted against, because the U.S. government has never recognized the terrorist organizations of the state armed forces independent of any recognized country - a member of the UN.

"Essentially, it would give the U.S. president the right to decide on military action without consulting Congress. This was an attempt to protect the right of Congress to participate in the decision about the war," - said Hagel.

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