WASHINGTON (AP) - Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, sparred Thursday with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee over his record on a variety of national security issues. Below is a summary of his past and current statements on Iran, nuclear weapons, and other key topics.
IRAN: In the past, Hagel questioned the effectiveness of unilateral sanctions that the United States has imposed against Iran, arguing that penalties in conjunction with international partners made more sense. "I just don't think the unilateral approach and giving war speeches helps the situation," Hagel said in October 2007. "It will just drive the Iranians closer together."