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Robert Gates: Nuke Deal Won't Lead to Moderate Iran

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jan 2016 08:51 PM

The recently enacted nuclear deal with Iran won't likely cause any moderation of the Iranian regime, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Business Insider. 

"The notion that betting that this regime is going to temper its behavior in the region because of this nuclear deal I think is mistaken," Gates said in an interview published Tuesday. "I think that will not happen."

Business Insider noted that since the accord was reached last summer, Iran has violated U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing two ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, fired live missiles within 1,500 years of an American aircraft carrier and continued its support for Syrian President Basher Assad and Shiite militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Iran has a "long history under the revolutionary government," Gates said, noting he was involved in the first U.S. meeting with members of the Islamic Republic of Iran's government just days before American hostages were taken at the American embassy in 1979.

"As I like to tell people, that began my now more than three-decades long quest for the elusive Iranian moderate," Gates said.

The view that Iran eventually evolve into a non-theological nation state and abandon its aspirations for nuclear weapons is "unrealistic," he said.

Gates said he believes a better deal could have been achieved had the United States not seemed so eager, and he said the deal shows a strong need for the United States to work with Arab and Israeli allies in the region to counter Iran's meddling in other countries' affairs.

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