Iran, Afghanistan Dominate Sunday Talk Shows

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Sunday, September 27, 2009; 1:11 PM

By John Amick and Ibby Caputo This Week: Gates Sees Hope for Iran Talks, Urges Patience in Afghanistan Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that if talks this week with Iran about its nuclear program are not productive, economic sanctions could be imposed. (Read more on Sec. Gates's comments on Iran, Afghanistan and the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison.) Referring to the meeting starting Oct. 1 with diplomats from Iran, the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, Gates said: "And then, if that doesn't work, then I think you begin to move in the direction of severe sanctions. And their economic problems are difficult enough that -- that I think that severe sanctions would have the potential of -- of bringing them to change their -- their policies." Gates said top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is supportive of President Obama's review of Afghanistan strategy


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