Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton described the Iran deal as an “important step” and pledged she would be “absolutely devoted to ensuring that the agreement is followed” in a statement on Tuesday.
Hillary said that while she would be briefed on the deal later, the deal “is an important step in putting the lid on Iran’s nuclear program. There will be a number of issues that have to be addressed. I want to just mention, two, the first is enforcement. This agreement will have to be enforced vigorously, relentlessly. We have, in the agreement, the access for inspections and the transparency that was absolutely necessary, but we have to treat this as an ongoing enforcement effort, which I certainly strongly support, and as president would be absolutely devoted to ensuring that the agreement is followed. And secondly, this does put a lid on the nuclear program.”
She added, “we still have a lot of concern about the bad behavior and the actions by Iran, which remains the largest state sponsor of terrorism, which does go after and undermine governments in the region, that poses an existential threat to Israel that unfairly, unlawfully confines and tries Americans on trumped-up charges. That bad behavior is something we have to address.”
Hillary concluded, “Having been part of building the coalition that brought us to the point of this agreement, I think we will have to immediately, upon completion of this agreement and its rigorous enforcement, look to see how we build a coalition to try to prevent and undermine Iran’s bad behaviors in other arenas. I will be talking, as soon as I leave you, with other secretaries of state and other national security advisers to get more details. But as I say, I think this is an important step that puts the lid on Iran’s nuclear programs, and it will enable us, then, to turn our attention, as it must, to doing what we can with other partners, in the region and beyond, to try to prevent and contain Iran’s other bad actions. So, all in all, I think we have to look at this seriously, evaluate it carefully, but I believe, based on what I know now, this is an important step.”
(h/t The Right Scoop)
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