Hagel Clarifies Comments On Iran’s ‘Elected, Legitimate’ Government

January 31, 2013 8:27 am

Asked by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to clarify comments made earlier in his confirmation hearing that Iran’s government is “elected, legitimate” — comments that drew derision from the right — defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel said Thursday that he was only referring to how the country is treated by the United Nations and other members of the international community. 

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


Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Front Page Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: