Hagel: Diplomatic ‘window of opportunity’ on Iran closing
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Hagel: Diplomatic ‘window of opportunity’ on Iran closing

Defense secretary nominee warns Tehran could face severe consequences if it ignores international demands on its nuclear program

Sen. Chuck Hagel at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2012. (photo credit: Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense)
Sen. Chuck Hagel at the Forum on the Law of the Sea Convention in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2012. (photo credit: Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Hagel says the “window is closing” on Iran and the possibility of diplomacy if it continues to ignore international demands to end pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary made the comments in a 112-page questionnaire for the Senate Armed Services Committee. The panel submitted the extensive questions to Hagel in advance of his confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Hagel said Iran needs to show that it is prepared to negotiate seriously. Iran insists that it is not seeking nuclear arms and its uranium enrichment program is for peaceful purposes.

Hagel said Iran should face “severe and growing consequences” if it continues to flout the international community.

The former Republican senator has faced criticism that he is not sufficiently pro-Israel and tough on Iran.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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