One Year Later, Kerry says Iran Deal has Made World Safer

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry attends the Bastille Day Parade in Paris. (Francois Mori/AP)
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry attends the Bastille Day Parade in Paris. (Francois Mori/AP)

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Thursday lauded the Iran nuclear deal on its one-year anniversary, saying it has so far defied dire predictions and instead made the world a safer place.

Kerry also said it underscored the value of diplomacy, a success he is hoping can be replicated as he heads to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking to coordinate airstrikes in Syria.

“As of today, one year later, a program that so many people said will not work, a program that people said is absolutely doomed to see cheating and being broken and will make the world more dangerous, has in fact made the world safer, lived up to its expectations and thus far produced an ability to a create peaceful nuclear program with Iran,” Kerry told reporters before leaving to attend a Bastille Day parade.

“The world is safer today because conflict in the region is not calculated on the basis of the potential of nuclear confrontation and nuclear explosion, and because we have the ability to be able to work through some issues,” he added, citing talks that freed U.S. sailors who entered Iranian waters and were released within 24 hours.

“That would not have happened prior to this agreement having taken place,” he said.

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SOURCE: Carol Morello 
The Washington Post