Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences, Part 2--Negotiating with the Iranians: Missed Opportunities and Paths Forward, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 7, 2007 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of John F. Tierney: "Our relationship with Iran is complex, to say the least, and involves a multitude of security, economic, and diplomatic facets. We have many serious concerns with Iran, including its nuclear enrichment program, its relationship with Hamas and Hezbollah, and it relations with certain Iraqi militia groups. Still, as our witness at a previous related hearing noted, areas of serious concern to the United States such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, terrorism, and proliferation all are impacted by Iran in one way or another. The question now is now best to go forward. The Administration has put conditions before any broader talks with Iraq can commence. Well hear from our panelist today what the lessons of this recent history tell us about whether this is the best course forward and we'll learn of other possible diplomatic alternatives." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Tierney, James Dobbins, Lawrence J. Haas, Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett, and Suzanne Maloney. This hearing represents the second in a series of three on this matter.
Serial No. 110-174
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