Kasich: Pledging to Cancel Iran Deal – ‘Premature’
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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Monday dismissed Marco Rubio’s recent call for all candidates to vow to rip up the Iran deal on Day One as “premature.”
“I’d like all of our allies to work together to say that,” Kasich told Jewish Insider following his 44th town hall meeting in New Hampshire Monday afternoon. “I think it’s a little premature to be telegraphing what you might want to do fourteen months from now.”
But Kasich promised to respond to any violation and make sure that both the U.S. and the world reimpose sanctions on Iran. “If we see any violations, not only should we reimpose sanctions but so should our allies,” he said. “And that’s what will give us the strength.”
“Unilateral activity may be necessary, but I rather have the whole world join in with us as we examine this agreement, and if we see the violations, slap the sanctions back on,” he added.
Earlier Monday, Rubio – also campaigning in Rochester, NH, urged his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination to pledge to cancel the Iran nuclear deal on Day One before seeking international consensus. “If you tell the nature of global cooperation: you can have access to the American economy or you can have access the Iranian economy that represents less than 1/10 of one percent of global capital floats, I promise you I know which economy you’re going to choose to have access to, and it’s not going to be theirs,” Rubio asserted.