Chuck Hagel Clarifies Comment About Iran’s ‘Elected, Legitimate’ Government

Speaking to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Hagel clarified the remark he made earlier during his confirmation hearing about Iran’s “elected, legitimate” government. Hagel said he referring to Iran in the context the United Nations and global recognition.

“I can understand if you meant it’s a legal entity that has international relations and has diplomatic relations, that is a member of the UN, I do not see Iran or the Irani government as a legitimate government, and I’d like your thoughts on that,” Gillibrand said.

What I meant to say, should have said, it’s recognizable,” Hagel replied. “It’s been recognized, is recognized at the United Nations. Most of our allies have embassies there. That is what I should have said.”

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