The next president of the United States should not be held to the deal being negotiated with Iran over its nuclear program, says former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who likely hopes to be that next president.
Appearing Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity,"
Perry said any agreement "has to be lockdown, solid, no-way-Iran-is-going-to-get-a-nuclear-weapon, period."
The other condition is an assurance from Iran it will not be supplying weapons to terrorists. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism.
"They're the major supplier for Hezbollah and Hamas at this particular point in time," Perry said.
Critics in Congress complain they have been left in the dark on the negotiations and argue that the agreement is a treaty, requiring two-thirds ratification by the Senate.
"The United States Congress has no idea what is in this plan," Perry said. "We have ideas about what's in it, but the president's not being open and honest with Congress. And I will suggest to you the next president of the United States shouldn't be held to this agreement at all."
Perry, a likely contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, said no one knows what the "red lines" are that Iran will not be allowed to cross because of the secrecy of the deal.
"But we do know one thing," Perry said, "that when red lines have been crossed in the past with this administration … there's no consequence."
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