Defiant Clinton: U.S. ‘Not Being Played’ by Iran

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 06: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a voter registration rally at the University of South Florida on September 6, 2016 in Tampa, Florida Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Florida. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defended the Iranian nuclear deal, during a televised national security forum on MSNBC where she and Republican rival Donald Trump each fielded 30 minutes of questions about their experience and judgment to be commander in chief.

While the candidates never appeared on stage together, their back-to-back sessions served as a preview of sorts for their upcoming debates.

Clinton said Wednesday that Iran was “on a fast track” to acquiring the material necessary to make a nuclear weapon before the deal was signed last year.

The deal, Clinton said, “put a lid on their nuclear program,” insisting that the US is not “being played” by Iran. Clinton said the deal allows enough insight into Iran’s actions to ensure they’re following the rules.

Clinton took the stage first during the televised forum, and quickly found herself responding at length to questions about her years in government. She reiterated that she had made mistakes in relying on a personal email account and private server as secretary of state and in voting for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as a senator. But she defended her support for US military intervention to help oust a dictator in Libya, despite the chaotic aftermath.

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