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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.
Mr. Brooks: OK, that focuses to a large degree on the nuclear side. What about the use of conventional weapons and whether they will maintain their status as the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism?
Secretary Kerry: We have serious concerns, which is precisely why we are engaged with our friends in the region. It is why I will be in Doha in a few days to meet with them. As we lay out the plans for pushing back against those activities, we will be engaging in Special Forces training, counterterrorism, counter insurgency, counter finance, a whole series of steps in order to empower all of us to do a better job of reducing those activities.
Mr. Brooks: September 11th fourteen years ago proves Muslim fundamentalists are very willing to sacrifice their own lives in furtherance of their desire to kill non-Muslims and other foes. Given the religious zealotry of the Iranian government, how confident are you that Iran will not use nuclear weapons to further “Death to America” or “Death to Israel” if Iran obtains nuclear weapons?
Secretary Kerry: Well they won’t obtain a nuclear weapon. And I am confident that under this agreement and with President Obama’s commitment they are not going to secure a nuclear weapon.
Mr. Brooks: And is that in part because of your statement that this Administration is willing to use whatever means are necessary of a military nature to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons?