John Kerry: Iran Concerns 'Don't Disappear' If Nuclear Deal Is Reached

Secretary of State John Kerry answers questions about ISIS, Iraq and Iran while at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
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As we heard from secretary Carter they are not fans of us bombing crisis because it involves our presence in the region. Are you telling me that that is a non factor in terms of how would impact the negotiations. Or is that something you can't discuss in the setting. Now did they would welcome our bombing additionally. Crisis actually. They want us to destroy crisis they want to destroy exercises is a threat to them it's a threat to the region. And I think humans reading and if you think that there isn't a mutual interest with respect to dash between every country in the region. So there are supportive of more ground if the US sent more military personnel into raucous trainers advisors mystical support. They would support that Iran would support and I can come out openly supported and that obviously would be nervous about it but that is deducted objective that's what it is but the point is. Yep bigger problems than that with that particular scenario because the Shia militia within Iraq. Might have something to say about it. My daughter of senator. Heidi you know robbery and other people might obviously react very adversely. But what's important senator my respect to your questions to understand us. And I think this has been mistreated by a lot of people up here and he'll be honestly. There is no grand bargain being discussed here context of this negotiation is about a nuclear weapon potential that's it. And the president has made it absolutely clear they will not get in nuclear weapons. Now the presumption a lot of people up yours then that we somehow hardware. Of of that goal even as we negotiate that goal. Our negotiation is calculated to make sure they can't get a nuclear weapon. And it's it's it's really almost insulting that the presumption here is that we're gonna negotiated something else that began nuclear. Why haven't discussed about the nuclear weapons like desk and I'm not senator Graham worked and what I'm saying that I believe. Our military strategy towards crisis is influenced by our desire not to cross red lines that the US military presence. Absolutely not in the least brokers note the ammunition whatsoever it's day or anybody else we will do what is necessary. In in in conjunction whether coalition remember we have 62 countries. Incumbent talk all right listen five Sunni countries that from the first. Ever are engaged in military action and the country. Well then that's I want to touch on a point to circuit. General Dempsey a moment ago outlined. Need a broad coalition I imagine involved Sunni Arab countries for example the Jordanians. The saudis and the UAE and others. These are also countries by the way that are deeply concerned about Iran and they feel as is that not right that they feel that we've kept the men dark. About our negotiations in the -- in essence the way we proceed with our negotiations and Iraq have impacted our trust level with these critical allies fiscal. She sent a letter that actually is flat wrong also flat out. They set out publicly just it's flat out I just came back from a meeting in the gulf in Riyadh. And met with king Solomon who completely supported what we're doing and that was all of the GCC members and also had around the table. And they all articulated their support from what we're doing and they believe we are better off trying to prevent them from getting a bomb diplomatically first. Provided of course that it actually prevents them from getting that Bob. That's the test of this. And a whole bunch of people are trying to get this agreed before the test has even been taken so you're you're saying here today that our allies in the region Sunni allies the saudis the UAE egyptians and others. Are perfectly comfortable nor the negotiation and it is a moment. I did not say that they are not perfectly comfortable they're nervous. There are apprehensive of course they are. They want to make sure that in fact just as members of congress want to make sure that the deal that is struck if one can be struck now. Will in fact prevent them from got a shirt and on the details of where it stands right now. We've shared considerable details with them absolutely you know they apprehensive about batter their comfortable assured them they're comfortable what we shared with them and salado Friday resolved a senior. Foreign minister in the world and had a publicly sat with me at a press conference in which he articulated their support for what we're doing. Our aren't you concerned about our rants growing influence. In Iraq. I'm concerned about a ribbons and growing efforts in the region. And we made it very clear. That is an administration concerns that are influence in Yemen their influence in Beirut Lebanon. There influence and Syria and Damascus. Hezbollah. And of course their influence in Iraq. But I think you have to look that historically been a lot of things are happening right now in the region to be honest but it. And the that history been toying. Persia the Persian Xia. And Arab world and Arab Shia is. Complicated. Remember Iraq and brand had a ten year war eight to ten year war they would people were gassed. A radiance did not respond with yes. Their lumps of interesting facets of some how that played out. And yes rents and appliances. Spread at this moment number deeply concerned about it but. If if you're concerned about it now. Think of what happens. And I hear this herded to the floor of the house. Recently news elsewhere if they have nuclear weapon. That's why this administration believes the first step. Is to prevent the access to nuclear weapon or prevent their ability to develop a nuclear weapon. And that's our goal first to try to do that diplomatically. And if it cannot be achieved diplomatically. Then we all have a lot of options available to us. But we are eyes wide open with respect to what is happening and all of those issues. We have made it clear to our friends in the region and elsewhere in the world. They don't disappear if we were to get an agreement to stop them from getting nuclear weapon admiral satisfied that effectively the conclusion. We still have all these other issues with a rent. And we will all need to be working on the weight isn't rich and this is exactly what we're doing. GCC members and product will be coming here Washington next month to continue the dialogue we had in the region the last week. And I am confident that we will all of us together. Take the steps necessary to counter. When horrendous doing in other ways. But while our final point as quick as I'm not seeing the full commitment. Out of this administration as a result we're seeing the growing influence is very dangerous influence Iran but mr.

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