[Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on FOX News Sunday]
WALLACE: What do you think of one on one talks with Iran and what to you make of the timing of this coming out two weeks before the election?
GRAHAM: Well I think the Iranians are trying to take advantage of our election cycle to continue to talk. As we talk with the Iranians whether it’s bilaterally or unilaterally, they continue to enrich. And the vice president and the president said we will do nothing without coordinating with Israel. So we’ve talked with them in Moscow. We’ve talked with them in Baghdad. They continue to enrich. I think the time for talking is over. We should be demanding transparency and access to their nuclear program. They’ve doubled their centrifuges so I think this is a ploy by the Iranians. I hope we’re talking to the Israelis and as we continue to talk, they continue to enrich and they’re trying to break apart the coalition.
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The [New York] Times report quoted veteran diplomat R. Nicholas Burns, who led negotiations with Iran during the George W. Bush administration, saying, “It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” referring to the one-on-one talks. Burns added, “While we should preserve the use of force as a last resort, negotiating first with Iran makes sense. What are we going to do instead? Drive straight into a brick wall called war in 2013, and not try to talk to them?” Yet Graham wants to end talks now.
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