Clinton doubts Iran

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday embraced the Iran nuclear deal that she paved the way for as secretary of state, but said it would work only “as part of a larger strategy toward Iran.”

Clinton’s speech was a strong endorsement of the deal, though one laced with skepticism.

“Diplomacy is not the pursuit of perfection, it is the balancing of risk,” she said. Most of her speech was an effort to navigate between claiming credit for the deal and presenting herself as the candidate best positioned to take on Iran.

GOP hopefuls object

Republican presidential rivals Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on Wednesday savaged the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it an ineptly negotiated deal that will cost “countless” American and Israeli lives.

“We are led by very, very stupid people,” Trump said at a rally on Capitol Hill sponsored by Tea Party and pro-Israel activists. He called the deal “incompetent.”

Cruz said supporters will have blood on their hands and promised that if elected, he would “rip to shreds this catastrophic deal.”

Animosity from Iran

Iran’s supreme leader predicted that Israel will not exist in 25 years and ruled out any new negotiations with the “Satan” — the U.S.

In remarks Wednesday on his website and Twitter, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said, “After nuclear negotiations, the Zionist regime said that they will not be worried about Iran in the next 25 years. I am telling you, … you will not be around in 25 years’ time.”

Khamenei also said that he would not allow any new negotiations with the United States.

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