Clinton says Iran will never get nuclear weapon on her watch

Hillary Clinton says she will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons if elected president of the US

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate, former US Secretary of State and ex-first lady Hillary Clinton announced she will not let Iran acquire any nuclear weapons if she becomes the President of the United States.

Clinton released a statement saying "as president, I would use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance."

Repeating what she said more powerfully, Clinton added, "The message to Iran should be loud and clear: We will never allow you to acquire a nuclear weapon; not just during the term of this agreement - never."

Clinton mentioned that she is “still studying the details” of the deal between Iran and the six world powers -  including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - agreed on Tuesday, and reaffirmed her support for the agreement based on the briefings she received and a "review of the documents."

"I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," she said.

Clinton also stressed the importance of “effective enforcement” of the agreement, saying, “in light of the international community's long history and experience with Iranian behaviour, the highest priority must be given to effective enforcement of the agreement. Signing is just the beginning. As president, I would use every tool in our arsenal to compel rigorous Iranian compliance.”

Clinton also tried to soothe Israeli government in her statement after Israel criticised the Iran deal as a “historic mistake,” saying, "even with a nuclear agreement, Iran poses a real challenge to the United States and our partners and a grave threat to our ally Israel."

President Barack Obama is expected to speak with world leaders on Wednesday while the White House is expected to start lobbying in favour of the nuclear deal.

Obama said on Tuesday that Iran's’ nuclear deal cuts off "every pathway" to Iranian atomic weapon, and the US has "stopped the spread of nuclear weapons’ in the Middle East by negotiating from ‘a position of strength and principle."

The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday that the deal sealed in Vienna after lengthy negotiations has opened the way to a new phase in international relations. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, meanwhile, said it has opened a new chapter of hope.

The deal between Iran and six world powers is aimed at monitoring Iran's most sensitive nuclear work for over 12 years in exchange for immediate relief for the country from the economic sanctions which have long crippled its economy.

The United States, Russia, China, Britain and France, are all permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council - while Germany and the EU were also parties to the deal agreed with Iran in Vienna.

Iranian nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi said the deal respects his country’s reservations and red lines.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is verifying "implementation of agreed nuclear-related measures by Iran."

TRTWorld and agencies