Kerry: "U.S. Will Oppose Iran's Destabilizing Policies with Every National Security Tool Available"

(U.S. State Department) Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday: "Iran's support for terrorist groups and its contributions to sectarian violence...reflect the perceptions of its leaders about Iran's long-term national interests and there are no grounds for expecting those calculations to change in the near future....The United States will oppose Iran's destabilizing policies with every national security tool available." "In part because of the challenge posed by Iran, we have engaged in an unprecedented level of military, intelligence, and security cooperation with our friend and ally Israel. We are determined to help our ally address new and complex security threats and to ensure its qualitative military edge. We work with Israel every day to enforce sanctions and prevent terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah from obtaining the financing and the weapons that they seek - whether from Iran or from any other source." "I understand personally there is no way to overstate the concern in Israel about Iran and about the potential consequences that this agreement...might have on Israel's security. The fragility of Israel's position has been brought home to me on every one of the many trips I have made to that country....I understand the conviction that Israel, even more than any other country, simply cannot afford a mistake in defending its security. And while I respectfully disagree with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the benefits of the Iran agreement, I do not question for an instant the basis of his concern or that of any Israeli."

2015-09-03 00:00:00

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