Secretary of State John Kerry said on Capitol Hill today that Iran "may" kill Americans or Israelis. Watch here:
A member of Congress asked the secretary of state, "Well, do you believe that Iran is the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism?"
"Yes," Kerry responded.
"And that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?"
"Well, they may," said Kerry. "They may. And we have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over our embassy forward, we have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror."
And here's the full transcript of Rep. Mo Brooks's exchange with Kerry:
Mr. Brooks: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Secretary Kerry, my questions require brief answers to comply with my 5 minute time limitation and I hope you will cooperate in that context. Three months ago Iranian Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi stated that erasing Israel off the map is non-negotiable. Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Yes, no, or I don’t know?
Secretary Kerry: I think it accurately reflects some people’s rhetoric and some people’s attitude, but…
Mr. Brooks: In the Iranian government?
Secretary Kerry: I don’t think it’s possible for Iran to do that, and I think Israel has enormous capacity obviously…
Mr. Brooks: OK, I didn’t ask for all that other. I’m just asking if you have a judgement as to whether his comments accurately reflect Iran’s government’s goals.
Secretary Kerry: My judgment is, it is not an implementable policy by Iran.
Mr. Brooks: OK, well less than two weeks ago Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led a rally that was frequently punctuated by chants of “Death to America!”, and “Death to Israel!” Do you believe his comments accurately reflect Iranian government goals? Again—yes, no, or I don’t know?
Secretary Kerry: I think they reflect an attitude and a rhetorical excess, but I see no evidence that they have a policy that is implementing that against us at this point in time.
Mr. Brooks: Well do you believe that Iran is the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism?
Secretary Kerry: Yes.
Mr. Brooks: And, that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?
Secretary Kerry: Well, they may, they may. We have, as you know, responded to that from 1979 when they took over our embassy forward. We have put sanctions in place specifically because of their support for terror, because of their abuse of human rights.
Mr. Brooks: OK, I understand that. You answered my question when you said, “Yes, they may.” Next, is the Obama administration willing to use military force to prevent Iran from obtaining, building, testing, or using nuclear weapons?
Secretary Kerry: Yes.
Mr. Brooks: And, what has Iran done in the past couple of years that causes you to believe Iran will abide by the Iran nuclear treaty or that Iran wants to become a responsible member of the international community?
Secretary Kerry: The only thing that indicates to us a willingness to try to comply with this agreement is the fact that they have complied fully with the interim agreement for the last two years and that we have put in place such a strict set of consequences that it is deeply in their interests to comply if they have reduced two thirds of their centrifuges, stripped their stockpile, put concrete in the calandria of Arak, emptied out Fordow. There is a lot of incentive therefore to fully comply with this agreement.
One of the great July 4th speeches was delivered by a shy man who played baseball for a living. Lou Gehrig played every day, never took a game off, until he was told, at age 35, that he was dying. More than 60,000 fans and former teammates came out to Yankee Stadium to honor him. Between the two games of the doubleheader, he came out of the Yankee’s dugout and stood, listening as former teammates spoke into the microphones that had been set up behind home plate. He was embarrassed enough by their words that he teared up.
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