Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday morning that the deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program is not about trust.
Speaking from Geneva, Kerry told CNN’s “State of the Union” President Reagan’s cautionary statement “trust but verify.”
“None of this is based on trust. It’s not a question of trust,” Kerry told CNN. “Verification is the key. And President Obama and I have said since the beginning, we’re not just going to verify, or trust and verify. We’re going to verify and verify and verify.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is critical of any deal with Iran and believes Tehran will continue to make a nuclear weapon under the proposal. Under the proposal Iran’s 3.5 percent uranium stock will be “frozen” and subject to inspection on a daily basis, in exchange for a gradual easing of sanctions.
“We’ve seen activities around the world sponsored by Iran on occasion that violate the norms of international standards and behaviors,” Kerry said, noting Iran has ties to Hezbollah. “There are lots of things, regrettably, that we still have to work on.”
“This negotiation is not the art of fantasy or the art of the ideal,” he told ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”
“It’s the art of the possible, which is verifiable and clear in its capacity to be able to make Israel and the region safer.”
Netanyahu said Sunday that “what was achieved yesterday in Geneva is not a historic agreement but rather a historic mistake."
Blocking the enrichment of uranium is a good for Israel, Kerry argued.
“You cannot sit there and pretend that you’re just going to get the thing you want while they continue to move towards the program that they’ve been chasing,” he added. “We’ve actually succeeded through the sanctions that Congress put in place to be able to get to a point where we’re locking in, knowledgeably, what their current level is and forcing them to go backwards. And while we go through these next six months, we will be negotiating the dismantling.”