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“To say you won’t engage because this is a bad regime is an insult to our own intelligence,” given that the U.S. deals with plenty of governments that abuse human rights, he said. “As much as you’d like to see Iranians get better treatment from their government, our not engaging will have little to do with it.”

With talks, however, the U.S. can raise these issues and that of three American hikers and an Iranian-American scholar currently in Iranian custody, Mr. Limbert said.