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A Done Deal, Debate on Iran Turns to Implementation

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 4:29 pm (UTC-5)
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Hillary Clinton Addresses the Iran Nuclear Deal

Hillary Clinton – Brookings Institution

There is absolutely no reason to trust Iran…. diplomacy is not the pursuit of perfection. It’s the balancing of risk, and on balance, the far riskier course right now would be to walk away….

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss the Iran nuclear deal at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton discuss the Iran nuclear deal at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015

We need to be prepared for three different scenarios: First, Iran tries to cheat…. Second, Iran tries to wait us out … and third, Iran ramps up its dangerous behavior in the region, including its support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah….

My starting point will be one of distrust. My approach will be distrust and verify…. We should anticipate that Iran will test the next president…. That won’t work if I’m in the White House. I’ll hold the line against Iranian non-compliance….

The Iranians and the world need to understand that we will act decisively if we need to. So here is my message to Iran’s leaders: the United States will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon….

As president …I will not hesitate to use military action if Iran attempts to attain a nuclear weapon.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal near the White House in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP)

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal near the White House in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP)

Amateur Hour With the Iran Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump – USA Today

It appears we wanted a deal at any cost rather than following the advice of Ronald Reagan and walking away because “no deal is better than a bad deal.” ….

After the agreement goes into effect: All nuclear-related sanctions will be lifted. Iran receives a windfall of $150 billion, which will no doubt fund terrorism around the world. Iran will receive notice before any inspections take place. Iran can block inspection of certain facilities. Iran will soon be able to continue expanding its conventional arms and guided missile programs without facing snapback sanctions. Iran can keep American prisoners, including one former U.S. Marine and, very sadly, a Christian minister. Iran can continue to operate about 6,000 centrifuges. Other countries will be free to invest in Iran….

In the end, Iran will be a nuclear state…. A Trump presidency will force the Iranians back to the bargaining table to make a much better deal.

Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz deliver their opinions about the Iran nuclear deal and what they would do as the next U.S. president. Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

Ali Larijani’s Full NPR Interview On Iran Nuclear Deal

Steve Inskeep and Iran’s speaker of the parliament Ali Larijani – NPR

You know, in the Iranian parliament, are different voices which are now being heard. There are some people who have found serious problems and shortcomings with this document….

I mean, there are some who say that there have been too many restrictions placed on the Iranian nuclear program. And some people say that these restrictions are going to stay for a very long periods of time. I mean, some are going to stay with us, with the nuclear program, for like, eight years, some others 10, even 25 years. And there are some people who say that there are some exceptional surveillance and inspections going on. Some extraordinary inspections….

And they say that they resist imbalance in the document. There is this paragraph, called a snapback, and it means the sanctions can return immediately. And nobody can veto this. But that is not true for us. We cannot return to the situation that we were in the past. I mean, to the point that we were before the implementation of the agreement. Let me give you an example — for example, when we removed the core of the Arak reactor, we cannot put it back. Therefore, there is this imbalance.

 

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