Hagel: Iran Has "An Elected, Legitimate Government"
CHUCK HAGEL: Well, letâ€™s start with a specific question on a vote, regarding designating the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. You recall, because you were there, there were 22 senators who voted against that. The effort against it â€” the main point made on the floor of the Senate came from Senator Jim Webb. And his point was we have never, ever designated a part of a legitimate government, a state â€” and when I say â€ślegitimate,â€ť that doesnâ€™t mean we agree with Iran, but it is a member of the United Nations. Almost all of our allies have embassies in Iran. So thatâ€™s why I note â€” an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not. But we have never made any part of a legitimate, independent government, designated them or made part â€” made them part of a terrorist organization. Weâ€™ve just â€” weâ€™ve never done that.