Rick Perry: Hillary Clinton Will Have to Answer for Her Role in Iran Deal

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters of Republican senatorial candidate Bill Cassidy during a rally for Cassidy in Lafayette
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Republican Presidential candidate and former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) attacked President Barack Obama’s Iran Deal on Tuesday, adding that the Democratic frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should have to answer for her her role in initiating the negotiations for “one of the most destructive foreign policy decisions” of his lifetime.

As Breitbart News reported, world leaders announced the deal from Vienna on Tuesday. The 159-page deal drops all financial and economic sanctions against Iran, and imposes a special dispute resolution process before the United States or European Union can impose any new sanctions. Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear enrichment activities for eight years, its stockpile of enriched uranium, and its research and development efforts.

Perry’s full statement:

President Obama’s decision to sign a nuclear deal with Iran is one of the most destructive foreign policy decisions in my lifetime. For decades to come, the world will have to deal with the repercussions of this agreement, which will actually make it easier for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

And Secretary Clinton, who played a significant role in initiating these negotiations with Iran, will have to justify to the American people why she supports allowing a known state sponsor of terrorism to move toward obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal is not a binding international treaty, but rather a political agreement among diplomats. I urge Congress to take the next 60 days of review very seriously. I will do everything in my power to work with the Senate to oppose this deal, including reaching out to Democratic senators.

As President, one of my first official acts will be to fully rescind this accord. I will order a review of Iran’s compliance with the deal, and an evaluation of Iran’s continued sponsorship of terror over the timeframe of the agreement. I will move to ensure that the arms embargo—and, specifically, the ballistic missile embargo — remain in place until Iran verifiably demonstrates that it desires to act as a stabilizing force in the region.

Perry’s fellow presidential contender, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), issued a similarly harsh criticism of the Obama Administration’s negotiations with Iran, saying that he had “consistently negotiated from a position of weakness,” and vowing to vote down the deal.

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