Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday the US should try talking to Iran about its nuclear weapons ambitions without imposing a lot of conditions.
"If you think you might have trouble with somebody, and God forbid if you think it could lead to a military confrontation, then there needs to be the maximum amount of contact beforehand," Clinton said in an interview with NBC's "Today" show.
The Bush administration has refused to hold direct talks with Iran until it agrees to suspend enrichment of uranium, which the US fears will be used to build nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
"The United States should not be afraid to talk to anyone. They should not be reluctant and shouldn't have too many conditions," said Clinton, who said his own offer to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's predecessor had been rebuffed.