Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promises to counter Iran's ''provocative behavior'' and calls for closer ties with Israel. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday (December 6) promised the United States would "act decisively" if Iran sought to violate a nuclear agreement negotiated earlier this year and said she would strengthen ties with Israel if elected president. Clinton made the comments in a wide-ranging speech and question-and-answer session at the Saban Forum, a conference on Middle East policy at the Brookings Institute think tank. "Iran will test our resolve. They have already started to do so with a ballistic missile test and other provocative behavior. We have to respond to these provocations including with further sanction designations as necessary," Clinton said. She threatened to use military force for incursions on the deal. "Our approach must be distrust and verify. There can be no doubt in Tehran that if we see any indication that Iran's leaders are violating their commitments in the deal not to seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons, we will stop them. And we will make sure the Iranians and the world understand that the United States will act decisively if necessary, including taking military action," Clinton said. Clinton called for advancing a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but she warned that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would not be enough to stabilize the entire region. "It's also time to stop pretending that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will solve all of the Middle East problems for too long. Arab states have used the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse to avoid facing their own challenges at home," Clinton said.