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Bill Richardson: US Should Push for 'Whole Package' on Iran Deal

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 03:35 PM

The United States should have demanded much, much more in its nuclear-limits negotiations with Iran, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says.

"Iran [is] a state sponsor of terrorism. They have an American Marine in prison and an American journalist. They're messing around in Iraq, Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and destruction of Israel," Richardson said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Richardson was referring the incarceration of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who is being held without formal charges, and U.S. Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, who's been accused of being a spy.

"The idea would've been to have a whole package, but it didn't happen because they limited themselves to nuclear issues. The hope here is if there is a nuclear agreement, maybe Iran becomes more responsible," he said.

"This is unpredictable, but maybe they start cooperating, and in so many of these other issues."

His remarks came as Iran and world powers said they had reached agreement Thursday on "key parameters" of a potentially historic deal aimed at preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb.

Richardson, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. secretary of energy, said that the deal now being hammered out will only be as good as the weapons inspections to prove it is being observed.

"The nuclear agreement – yeah, it's important, but the verification, the inspection is going to be key," he said.

Richardson said he had no problem with the negotiations deadline being pushed back because "the stakes are so high that it makes sense to extend the deadline, [to] see if Iran will blink. What is obvious is the sanctions have really hurt Iran."

What's crystal clear, though, is that Iran is not telling the truth when it declares why it needs nuclear capability.

"They say they're going to use it for energy, for medicine, but that's really not the case," he said.

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