House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi tells CNN's Chris Cuomo Iran returning U.S. sailors unharmed is "proof" the Iran nuclear deal worked. Pelosi also acknowledged lifting sanctions and allowing Iran to access $150 billion that has been held in foreign banks "may" allow them to "do bad things" with their money:
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN: Another headline we do hear is that the implementation of the Iran plan, the monitoring of its nuclear activity will begin as soon as this weekend. If that's true. how does it begin.
REP. NANCY PELOSI: We're very proud of what it is. I think it's important for the American people to realize though that the money being released is Iranian money held in banks. Iranian money in other banks, not in U.S. banks. So it isn't about us giving them anything. It is about them having access to their own money if they meet the terms of the agreement. And we have to be very vigilant to make sure they do.
CUOMO: People hear the number $150 billion. They don't care anymore where it's coming from and whose bank it is at at. They say you are giving fuel to the Iranian fire. Fair criticism?
PELOSI: It's their money and sanctions were there for a reason.
CUOMO: They do bad things with their money.
PELOSI: They may. And they have lots of needs in their own economy that they'll have to invest in. They have been doing bad things with the money that they had. But the fact is the biggest threat to all of us is that Iran would have a nuclear weapon. We have taken them off that course. How much is that worth? Of their own money?
Pelosi saying the sailors' quick release shows Iran deal is working: