Secretary of State John Kerry says “the world is safer today” because of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Kerry was interviewed in the wake of 10 American sailors being captured but eventually released by Iran and five American prisoners finally being released. (RELATED: Who Are The Seven Iranians Released In Exchange For The U.S. Prisoners?)
Host Joe Scarborough asked Kerry, “What would you say to our allies in Israel and across the Middle East to let them know that this is actually in their best interest, as well as Iran’s best interest in the long run?”
“Well, they are safer today. The world is safer today,” Kerry claimed. “Before we had this agreement, Iran had a completely invisible, unaccountable, unverified nuclear program. They had 19,000 centrifuges. They had enough nuclear material to make 10 to 12 bombs and they were hurtling towards a program that was going to create inevitability of confrontation.”
“Today, that is not true,” Kerry argued. “That is entirely reversed. Not only do we now have verification that is unprecedented, but they have rolled back their program, sent their nuclear material out of the country, destroyed their plutonium reactor, ceased any enrichment activities at their hidden Fordow facility and allowed 130 additional inspectors from the IAEA to come into the country to verify this going forward. So we have gone from a two-month breakout period, Joe [Scarborough], to over-years breakout period now. So they are absolutely safer.”
However, Kerry noted that “the question now is will we able to work together with our allies to deal with the other issues of concern with respect to Iran? And there are other issues and we have raised those with Iran.”
“It is not — it is not, you know, sort of a fantasy on the part of the Saudi Arabians or others in the region that Iran’s activities in the region have been disquieting to everybody, including us,” he said, “which was why the missiles sanctions were left in place, the human rights sanctions were left in place, the human rights sanctions were left in place and we will continue now, I hope, to try to work at the resolution of those kind of issues. I’m going to be in Saudi Arabia on Saturday this week. I met in London, two days ago, three days ago with the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. We had a very good conversation about this.”