Kerry: Iran "Absolutely Deserves The Benefits Of The Agreement They Struck"


John Kerry talks about the Iran nuclear deal and the presidential race on Tuesday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe. Kerry said he would "resist the temptation" of commenting on Donald Trump. Transcript, via MSNBC:

BRZEZINSKI: Sorry, just wondering, Andrea, and I'll toss it to you -- but are the checks you have in place enough of an inspiration to get them to behave? And that -- that, I think, to be...

MITCHELL: And -- and one of the questions is, why then is the U.S. Treasury, or why is the administration sanctioning the idea of helping Iran get access to dollars, or to get more investment?

I mean, they're clearly complaining that they're not seeing the benefits, so shadow banking, offshore banking...

KERRY: We're working very hard to do what is fair. Iran...

MITCHELL: But have they proved that they deserve that?

KERRY: They have in terms of the nuclear agreement. Absolutely.

Iran deserves the benefits of the agreement they struck. And President Obama has said it; I have said it, Secretary Lew has said it. And we've, in fact, tried to work to make sure that -- that the banks that are supposed to be doing legitimate business with respect to the transactions that are OK after the agreement, that they're operating.

So, we -- you know, it's fair for Iran to get what it deserves because it kept its part of the bargain to date, with respect to the nuclear agreement. The problem is when they choose...

SCARBOROUGH: But Mr. Secretary, you said earlier though, and the president said this also, by not living up to the spirit of the agreement, they're sending the wrong signal to the world community and sending the wrong signal to businesses.

Should they not first take care of the problem that both you and the president have diagnosed, and then you all start helping them financially?

KERRY: I think -- well, Joe, we're under an obligation to see -- if we said we would lift the sanction, we're under an obligation to lift the sanction, to make sure that in fact, people are performing the way they are supposed to.

Now, that's different from proactively responding in other ways. And I agree with you.

We just had a meeting of Russia, China, France, Germany, the United States, Britain at the table at the Nuclear Summit. And one of the points of discussion was everybody should be encouraging Iran not to continue its missile activities, not to continue to ship arms, because that will upset and roil the marketplace.

MITCHELL: But what about what Donald Trump says? That this is the worst deal in history, you are the worst negotiator, that he would do it differently.

I mean, what about the way their being debated...


SCARBOROUGH: Just, let's...

BRZEZINSKI: And I didn't -- or yeah, I think you should ride a bike.

MITCHELL: With Donald Trump on nukes in general. Take your pick.

KERRY: I think, Andrea, I'm going to resist the temptation.

MITCHELL: Oh, come one.


KERRY: I'm going to resist.


SCARBOROUGH: Oh, my gosh.

KERRY: I'm (inaudible) it a bit, but I'm going to resist.

(via Breitbart Video)

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