U.S. to Remain Vigilant Against Iran's "Reckless Behavior," Obama Tells Arab Newspaper

(New York Times) Michael D. Shear - "Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism," President Obama said in written answers submitted to Asharq Al-Awsat and published Tuesday in English and Arabic. "It helps prop up the Assad regime in Syria. It supports Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. It aids the Houthi rebels in Yemen. So countries in the region are right to be deeply concerned about Iran's activities, especially its support for violent proxies inside the borders of other nations." Obama said the U.S. would remain "vigilant against Iran's other reckless behavior" in the region by maintaining a military presence and helping Gulf nations to deter aggression. "We've continued to fully enforce sanctions against Iran for its support of terrorism and its ballistic missile program - and we will enforce these sanctions going forward, even if we reach a nuclear deal with Iran."

2015-05-13 00:00:00

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