'This Week' Transcript: Secretary of State John Kerry

Israel also made clear, prime minister has made clear, that Israel is ready to go it alone if necessary. So it will prepare, if necessary, some kind of military action, probably with the quiet tacit support of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region, which are also terrified of the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The real test, of course, is six months from now. Will this lead to a deal that actually rolls back Iran's nuclear program?

MORAN: Yeah, that's the big question. That is incredibly negotiation going forward. And the test of whether or not all of this -- people are talking about how it's making history, with a test of whether it's successful, is whether at the end of the day, Iran can become a normal nuclear country. Can it enrich uranium and have nuclear power transparently without lying or cheating? Can it be trusted with it? And can it join in a new kind of relationship with the United States and the west, those are the stakes there and they are very, very high.

STEPHANOPOULOS: No question about that. Terry Moran thanks very much.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Now to Secretary of State John Kerry. I spoke to him earlier this morning just after he sealed the deal.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Thank you for joining us, Mr. Secretary Kerry. The big question right now, will this agreement really stop the Iranian nuclear program in its track? You've already got some critics in congress suggesting it won't. Marco Rubio says it will not freeze the Iranian nuclear program, makes a nuclear Iran more, not less likely. Lindsey Graham says unless the deal requires dismantling centrifuges, we haven't gained anything. Your response?

KERRY: This negotiation is not the art of fantasy or the art of the ideal, it's the art of the possible, which is verifiable and clear in its capacity to be able to make Israel and the region safer.

The fact is that Iran's ability to break out, George, will expand under this program. Therefore, Israel will be safer, the region will be safer, Iran's 20 percent uranium will be destroyed, therefore they are safer. Iran's 3.5 percent uranium stock will be frozen at its current level and the centrifuges will not be able to be installed in places that could otherwise be installed and advance the program.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But not dismantled?

KERRY: The fact is, we will have daily inspections -- we will have daily inspections -- no, it's not. That's correct. That's the next step.

Now, the choice people have is, do you want to sit there and argue that you have to dismantle your program before you stopped it and while you're arguing about this dismantling it, they progress. In 2003, Iran made an offer to the Bush administration that they would, in fact, do major things with respect to their program, they had 164 centrifuges. Nobody took -- nothing has happened. Therefore, here we are in 2013, they have 19,000 centrifuges and they're closer to a weapon.

You cannot sit there and pretend that you're just going to get the thing you want while they continue to move towards the program that they have been chasing.

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