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Carter defends Iran agreement to US Senate.

WASHINGTON, July 29 (KUNA) - Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter continued the administration's defense of the Iranian nuclear deal to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday and stressed that the agreement puts no limits on the US' defense or diplomatic abilities. "It places no limits on our forces, our partnerships and alliances, our intensive and ongoing security cooperation, or on our development and fielding of new military capabilities," said Carter. He asserted, "We are also continuing to advance our military capabilities that provide all options, as the president has directed, should Iran walk away from its commitments under this deal." Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, who is in charge of highlighting militaristic risks, noted that the US needs to pay "more attention to the malign activities," of Iran if the deal is implemented. "I think a negotiated settlement provides a more durable and reduces near term risk, which buys time to work with regional partners to address the other malign activities," said Dempsey. "We have got a series of initiatives both with the Israelis and the GCC to better position ourselves to address those other malign activities." Dempsey asserted, "We should maintain, and will maintain, our forward presence." Carter reiterated to the committee, "If Iran were to commit aggression, our robust force posture ensures we can rapidly surge an overwhelmingly array of forces into the region, leveraging our most advanced capabilities, married with sophisticated munitions, that put no target out of reach." In addition to the military leader's testimony, Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz presented their arguments again today to fellow Democrats and Republicans who have remained skeptical of the deal's terms. (end) ak.ibi

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Date:Jul 29, 2015
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