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Tough talk on Iran

Congresswoman Gillibrand's office said she will continue to support the resolution and pointed to language stating "nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization of force against Iran."

"Kirsten supports this non-binding resolution because she views Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program as a threat to international peace, and believes we must utilize political, diplomatic and economic means to prevent Iran from developing such weapons," said Gillibrand spokeswoman Rachel McEneny in a written statement.

She also said that the "resolution voices support for working with the world community to prevent military engagement through diplomatic and economic pressure. There are some who view this resolution as an authorization for war with Iran, but this is not the case"

McEneny said that Gillibrand will meet with the Women at War group "if her schedule permits."

Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell, who is vying to be Gillibrand's Republican challenger in the November election, said he would vote for the resolution if given the chance.

"The threat from Iran is real," said Treadwell. "I think our country has to take a very strong stance, in conjunction with the international community, to prevent Iranian nuclear capability."

The resolution states that a November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate reported Iran could have enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon as soon as late 2009.

Michael Rocque, a former Army officer and, until recently, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 20th district, said that it will take more than tough talk to curb an Iranian threat.

"I am confident it does not go far enough to do what is needed to curb Iran," said Rocque. "This is much bigger than saber rattling."

Rocque suggested a multilateral dialogue involving non-totalitarian countries in the area in conjunction with "information operations" to disseminate a pro-democracy message to Iranians.

He also said that the use of force should never be off the table.

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