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April 9, 2015 6:02 pm

Kissinger on Iran Deal: ‘We Can’t Have Confidence in the Agreement, Only in the Verification System’ (VIDEO)

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Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger criticized Obama for the framework nuclear deal . Photo: David Shankbone.

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday continued his questioning of the Iran nuclear framework agreement announced by the White House last week, asserting that a deal alone won’t be sufficient to prevent the Islamic Republic from marching towards nuclear weaponization.

“We can’t have confidence in the agreement. We must have confidence in the verification system and the inspection system that will have to be refined. I think we should see what the negotiations can produce in the next three months. We cannot rely on the word of Iran,” he said during a Fox News interview with correspondent Greta Van Susteren.

Kissinger said that the current state of the talks left him “very uneasy” and he called for “as close to a fool proof inspection system as can be devised.”

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Kissinger first pointed out how hard it would be to ensure Iran will abide by any nuclear agreement in a joint op-ed with fellow former Secretary of State George P. Shultz published by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Kissinger and Shultz raised numerous tough questions regarding the recently reached framework deal between Iran and world powers.

He told Van Susteren he wrote the op-ed to point out “issues of verification” in the agreement and “issues of strategic relationships in the region.”

“We must prevent nuclear weapons spreading all over the Middle East,” he said, also citing the danger of having nuclear arms directed “even against us” in the US.

Watch a video of Kissinger’s remarks on Fox News below:

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  • Kissenger..come out of retirement PLEASE for the sake of Israel, the United States and the World.

  • Kissinger really tells it like it is! He has a long-term perspective. As a teen in 1938, he fled Nazi persecution, landing in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan (a German immigrant community). He served in WW2 where his German language was helpful to our cause. He has been in US in politics since the 50s (including on the Harvard faculty).

    When Kissinger warns that we must NOT trust Iran at their word, he knows what he is talking about. We have been down that road before. It resulted in the world’s most intense nuclear development program over a period of 12 years — one that is hardened into the side of a mountain fortress and steeped in layers of security, privacy and deception. It will be very difficult to undo. In fact, Obama’s deal effectively concedes that it cannot be undone, only slowed.

    Kissinger and Netanyahu are more than Canaries in the coal mine. They pragmatic, vested realists. I admire President Obama. He is driven by an ethical compassion and a true sense of trust and inclusion. But there are times when we must draw a line and resist the temptation to trust. This is one such time. I don’t know the best way forward… But this deal is not a sufficient deterrent to nuclear armed Ayatollahs.

    [Ellery Davies is Co-Chair of CRYPSA and editor of the Blog, AWildDuck.com]

  • Julian Clovelley

    What a stunning analysis!

    So a law is only as good as the machinery to enforce it? – And an agreement or contract is similarly placed

    Brilliant Henry – How many years did it take you to work that piece of analytical and intellectual brilliance out?

    Getting a bit desperate finding ways to beat this story up I think – and still l see neither hide nor hair of any alternative proposal. It is all a bit like the famed old British response to not being understood when talking English to someone who has a different mother tongue.

    They shout louder, and sometimes slower, as if the hearer is an idiot – They then wonder why the deeply insulted person walks away. But they never try to speak the hearer’s language – even in his own country.

    So far as I can see if this had been conducted by the Republicans with Zionist backing we would have an angry Iran and possibly even a war right now.

    And don’t forget Israel can win several wars – but it will only lose one. Take care and don’t be guided by fools.

  • ben kramer

    what else would Henry say?

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    • 9.5

      I think you should eat a cookie and get your blood sugar up. You seem stressed over this rather abstract and definitely complex stuff that Kissinger labels too much for most to even grasp.

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