June 5th, 2007
08:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Hunter's 'caveats' to conversation

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) Asked if he thinks President Bush made the right decision opening a direct dialogue with Iran, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California said yes, but with "two caveats".

Hunter said "number one, they (the Iranians) are moving deadly equipment across the border that is killing Americans in Iraq. We have license to use anything we want to use, special operations, intelligence, whatever it takes to stop that deadly equipment from moving across the border."

"Secondly," he said, "they have about 1,000 centrifuges...enriching the material that can make, at some point, a nuclear device.... We may have to pre-empt that nuclear weapons program. We cannot allow them to have a nuclear device."

"With those two caveats, talk to your enemies," Hunter said.

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