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WSJ: Hillary Clinton Displays Differing Views on Iran Nuke Talks

By    |   Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 06:06 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is poised to announce her candidacy in the 2016 presidential race in the coming weeks, seems to have differing opinions on the nuclear talks with Iran.

A Wall Street Journal report raises the question of whether Clinton would support the deal currently in the works between Iran and a group of six countries that includes the United States, or be against it.

During her 2008 presidential campaign, notes the Journal, Clinton criticized fellow Democrat Barack Obama — who went on to win the 2008 and 2012 elections — for his willingness to negotiate with Iran in addressing its nuclear program. But during Clinton's years at the State Department (2009-2013), she played a role in getting secret talks between the U.S. and Iran off the ground.

"She always had a high degree of skepticism about whether or not you could work out a deal with the Iranians … but she also felt you had to test the possibility," Dennis Ross, a special adviser to Clinton during her years at the State Department, told the Journal.

And then last year, according to the Journal, Clinton told a Jewish group she was "skeptical" that Iran would actually follow the guidelines set up by any deal made.

With Tuesday's deadline to hammer out a deal extended by at least a day, all eyes are on Lausanne, Switzerland where the talks are being held.

If a deal is struck and Clinton goes ahead with her plans to run for president, she would have to take a position on the matter because the next president would inherit whatever agreement the Obama administration is able to put in place.

Clinton did have strong words for the 47 Republican senators that sent a letter to Iran earlier this month, which warned the country's leaders that any deal made could be erased in the next administration.

"A recent letter from Republican senators was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership, and one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter?" Clinton said. "There appear to be two logical answers. Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander in chief in the middle of high-stakes international diplomacy. Either answer does discredit to the letter's signatories."

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