Pressed on what theyd do with Iran if elected president, Democratic candidates said on Tuesday night that they wouldnt let the Middle Eastern country get a nuclear weapon.
Republican President Donald Trump told America recently following strikes against Iraqi bases by Iran that he would pursue peace.
But he also said: “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said during the Democratic presidential debate in Iowa that she would work on negotiating a new agreement or a reworked agreement following Trumps exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran—also commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal.
“I would not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon. You have to have a president that sees this as a number one goal,” she said.
She said she would like to see changes to the deal, which still exists as other countries involved, such as France and China, havent exited it. Some changes include a “better sunset”—parts of the deal are slated to end in the coming years—and better enforcement, Klobuchar said.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg also said he wouldnt let Iran get a nuclear weapon.
“Our security depends on ensuring Iran does not become nuclear,” Buttigieg said. “Ensuring that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons will, of course, be a priority, because its such an important part of keeping America safe,” he said.