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'We Have To Keep Pushing On The Bad Behavior': Colin Powell Defends Iran Deal

| by Sean Kelly

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell defended the nuclear deal with Iran during an interview on MSNBC, saying that it would “stop this highway race” that Iran was going down toward building a nuclear weapon.

“It’s a pretty good deal,” Powell said during the interview.

He added that those who are concerned that the deal would expedite the process for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon have forgotten “the reality that [Iranian leaders] have been on a superhighway, for the last 10 years, to create a nuclear weapon or a nuclear weapons program, with no speed limit."

“People are saying, 'No, you can't trust them,'" he added. “I don't trust them. I say, 'We have a deal, let's see how they implement the deal. If they don't implement it, bail out.' None of our options are gone."

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Powell, who was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, also rejected the notion that the deal does nothing to prevent Iran from funding terrorist groups.

“We have to keep pushing on the bad behavior that the Iranians show constantly throughout the world,” the retired Army general said. 

“But this deal specifically had to do with the thing that was most concerning to the world," he added, "most dangerous to the world, and that was their nuclear program, which could produce a weapon in a very short period of time."

Sources: NBC News, Politico

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