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Howard Dean: US Should 'Step Away' From Iran Nuclear Talks

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 12:42 PM

Howard Dean, a former governor of Vermont and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday he would like to see the United States walk away from the negotiating table with Iran over its nuclear program.

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Dean was asked about his opinion on the ongoing talks that were extended by at least a day into Wednesday.

"I think [Secretary of State] John Kerry and [President] Barack Obama are far, far too eager for a deal with Iran, and could actually get a better deal if they walked away from the table and possibly came back later," host Joe Scarborough said. "Why am I wrong, Howard?"

Dean seemed to surprise Scarborough with his answer.

"I actually think you're right about that," Dean said. "I think the United States is negotiating from a much stronger position than we were four years ago. And the reason for that is [Iranian officials] are desperate to get rid of the sanctions. It reminded me of a New York real estate person: You come in at the closing and you say, 'I'll take another 10,000 or else.' At the closing, right?"

Dean was referring to the flurry of activity that has occurred at the negotiating table in Lausanne, Switzerland, the last few days, during which Iran has asked for more concessions from the U.S. and a group of five other countries known as the P5+1.

Critics have said Kerry is desperate to come to an agreement with Iran that would put a halt to its nuclear weapons program.

Dean said he is "worried" about the status of the discussions.

"So I am worried about this. I do think it makes sense to be at the negotiating table, I think the rhetoric on Capital Hill is silly," Dean said, alluding to the GOP lawmakers' opinions that the Obama administration is on track to signing a "bad deal" with Iran.

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"I think Obama is right to try to get a deal, [but] I'm worried about the way these negotiations have gone, and I think Joe was right, probably step away from the table say, 'OK, you're not backing off on sending you the uranium to Russia, and we'll get rid of the sanctions at our own pace.' I agree," Dean said.

Dean was also asked about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has said over and over that the P5+1 must not submit to Iran's demands and not sign anything other than a good deal.

Netanyahu took his message to Washington in early March, pleading his case to a joint session of Congress after being invited there by House Speaker John Boehner.

"You know, Netanyahu has so discredited himself that I don't listen to him anymore at all," Dean said.

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