WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to enforce the Iran nuclear deal if she becomes president — even through military means.
Clinton sounded a tougher tone than President Obama, branding Iran a “ruthless, brutal regime that has the blood of Americans . . . on its hands,” but also taking credit for opening the back channels for the Iran talks while secretary of state.
“My approach will be distrust and verify,” Clinton said in a speech at the Brookings Institution. “We should anticipate that Iran will test the next president. They’ll want to see how far they can bend the rules. That won’t work if I’m in the White House.
“I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) brushed off Clinton’s speech as “a lot of tough talk about Iran, but it’s very hard to take it seriously.”
“She has now taken credit for being the one to open the door to what is a terrible deal for the people of the United States and for the people of the world,” Barrasso said.
“Hillary Clinton is going to be held responsible for the role she has played in this.”
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