Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says the reported North Korean nuclear test provides a warning of the results the world can expect from the West's agreeement with Iran. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday said North Korea's reported nuclear bomb test underscored the need to reverse the Iranian nuclear deal between the United States and other nations. Speaking outside a campaign stop in Iowa, the U.S. senator from Texas blamed the North Korea incident on the "folly" of failed Democratic policies under the Obama administration. He added Iran would likely conduct its own nuclear test if Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wins the White House in November. "Why does Kim Jung Un and North Korea -- a crazy nut case and that's a technical term -- have nuclear weapons? Because of the failures of the Clinton administration," Cruz told supporters in Rock Rapids. "Well fast forward a couple of decades. The Obama administration, now Hillary Clinton serving as Secretary of State who do they recruit to be the led negotiator for the Iranian negotiations, that very same person, Wendy Sherman. Who turns around with Iran and negotiates that exact same deal she negotiated with North Korea." North Korea said it tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning local time on orders from leader Kim Jong Un, claiming a significant advance in its strike capability. U.S. officials could not immediately confirm the test, which was reported late Tuesday on the U.S. East Coast. Republican candidates running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination have said Obama's foreign policy is weak, criticizing an agreement to contain Iran's nuclear program and the U.S. response to roiling crises in the Middle East, including the Syrian civil war.