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Hillary calls for limited contact with Iran
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11:00, April 16, 2008

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U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that she would recommend limited talks with the Iranian government should she be elected president.

Hillary made the remarks at a meeting of newspaper publishers, trying to seek a balance between President George W. Bush's Iran policy and Obama's initiatives of face-to-face talks with Teheran.

"The approach that the Bush administration has taken toward Iran has been a loser," she said. "It has neither changed behaviors or produced results."

The New York Senator described her policy on Iran as "carrot and stick," aimed at creating "the beginning of lower levels of diplomatic engagement, some ongoing process."

Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who is leading Hillary in the Democratic presidential nomination race, was criticized as being "naive" for his suggestion on meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to break the standoff caused by the Iran nuclear issue.

He also accused Hillary of voting with Republican lawmakers to include Iran's Revolutionary Guard in the terrorist organization list.

However, Clinton defended her vote last year, saying that the move gave the U.S. an upper hand at the diplomatic table.

Their Republican rival, Arizona Senator John McCain, has aggressively condemned Iran for its nuclear program and its "negative" impact on Iraq security.

Despite being accused by the West of attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, Iran has defended its right to develop civilian nuclear programs. It also denied the role in abetting violence in Iraq, saying that it was merely an excuse for the U.S. to explain its failed Iraqi policies.


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