We’ve cut off every path for Iran to obtain nuclear bomb: Obama

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says there is no need to thank Iran for five Americans’ release.

The US on Sunday imposed sanctions against 11 individuals and entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program as a result of Tehran’s firing of a medium-range ballistic missile, a new punishment one day after the Obama administration lifted economic penalties against Tehran over its nuclear program.

The missile program “poses a significant threat to regional and global security, and it will continue to be subject to international sanctions,” said Adam J. Szubin, the Department of the Treasury’s acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence in a statement.

He said the US has made it clear that it will “vigorously press sanctions against Iranian activities” outside the terms of the nuclear agreement. Szubin cited Iran’s “support for terrorism, regional destabilization, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile program.”

Also Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the US and Iran had settled a dispute over $400 million in Iranian money dating back to before the 1979 revolution and end of diplomatic ties. The Iranians also get $1.3 billion in interest.

President Barack Obama said world powers had cut off every path Tehran had to a nuclear bomb and that a prisoner swap showed what was possible with diplomacy.

“Even as we implement the nuclear deal and welcome our Americans home, we recognize that there remain profound differences between the US and Iran. We remain steadfast in opposing Iran’s destabilizing behavior elsewhere,” he said.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded to Iran’s release of five Americans by saying that Iran deserves no thanks, and is still violating UN Security Council resolutions with its ballistic missile program.

She said: “These prisoners were held unjustly by a regime that continues to threaten the peace and security of the Middle East … The treatment of our Navy sailors earlier this week was offensive, including the release of a demeaning and provocative video.”


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