Clinton: Iran Engagement Still in the Offering

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009; 2:11 PM

Updated 1:22 p.m. By Glenn Kessler Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed the administration's interest in engaging Iran in the wake of the disputed election results and what she called a "deplorable and unacceptable" crackdown on dissent. "Neither the president nor I have any illusions that direct dialogue with the Islamic Republic will guarantee success," Clinton said in an early afternoon speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, according to an advance version of her remarks. "But we also understand the importance of trying to engage Iran and offering its leaders a clear choice: whether to join the international community as a responsible member or to continue down a path to further isolation." Clinton, however, reiterated that time is running short for Iran to respond. "The time for action is now. The opportunity will not remain open indefinitely," she said. The Group of Eight nations, meeting in

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