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Wicker 'Deeply Concerned' with Hagel's Iran Shift

8:22 AM, Jan 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Roger Wicker, a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is "deeply concerned" that Chuck Hagel's "views on Iran sanctions have changed multiple times based on public reaction and criticism of his record."

“I spoke with former Senator Hagel on Tuesday, January 8, and we had a substantive and cordial discussion,” says Wicker in a statement.  “During that conversation, Senator Hagel attempted to clarify his prior comments regarding Iran sanctions.  He told me that he was opposed to unilateral sanctions on Iran because – in his view – such sanctions do not work and serve only to isolate the United States.

“I am deeply concerned that in the span of one week, Senator Hagel’s views on Iran sanctions have changed multiple times based on public reaction and criticism of his record.  I appreciate Senator Hagel’s record of military service, but it is difficult to understand where he stands on many important issues due to constantly changing positions.  Saying anything to anyone just to get confirmed is irresponsible and does a disservice to our armed forces and to the entire country.”

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