This Can Be Done Through Diplomacy

TIME talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

On Jan. 30, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with TIME State Department correspondent Elaine Shannon about Iran, Iraq and the Middle East. Here are excerpts:

TIME The Iranian ambassador in Iraq says that Iran plans to adopt a more active role in Iraq. Should that worry the U.S.?

RICE If they were actually engaged in reconstruction in a useful way for Iraqis, that would be fine. But, of course, we don't believe that's what the Iranians recently detained by the U.S. were doing ... This is all about making sure that Iranian networks that are building or assisting people in...

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