Obama on Meeting Rogue Leaders without Preconditions

May 15, 2008 · Filed Under Foreign Policy · Comments 

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Question: “Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?”…

Obama: “I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them — which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous.”

Sen. Barack Obama
CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate
Charleston, SC

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