Hillary Clinton applauded the historic nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, saying that it can “help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
In a statement released after President Obama’s announcement about the finalization of the agreement, Clinton pledged to carry the deal through her term if elected to the oval office in 2016, The Hill reported.
“We can never permit Iran to evade its obligations or to place any suspicious site off limits to inspectors,” the statement read. “And the response to any cheating must be immediate and decisive – starting with the return of sanctions but taking no options off the table, including, if necessary, our military options.
"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 also clarified that she supports Israel’s right to defend itself, following the country’s public disapproval of the Iran deal.
“As President, I would invite the senior Israeli leadership to Washington for early talks on further strengthening our alliance,” Clinton said.
Many of Clinton’s Republican rivals took aim at her support of the deal, according to Business Insider. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that Clinton would have to “justify to the American people why she supports allowing a known state sponsor of terrorism to move toward obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Despite criticism from the right, Clinton acknowledged in her statement that negotiations like the one with Iran were difficult, adding that she was familiar with such deals from her time as Secretary of State.
“I know from experience what it took to build a global effort to get this done," she said, "I know what it will take to rally our partners to enforce it.”
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