National Security

Hillary Clinton Calls Nuclear Deal an ‘Important Step’

Hillary Clinton
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Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers Tuesday in Vienna.

Reuters reported that the Democratic presidential candidate called the agreement an "important moment" for the United States in its push to disable Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

"I think this is an important step that puts the lid on Iran’s nuclear programs," Clinton declared on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., following a meeting with Democratic members of the House of Representatives. 

According to the Jerusalem Post, Clinton also told Democratic lawmakers during the closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that the nuclear agreement is "worthy of support."

"She thought it was worthy of support," Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D., Ore.) explained to reporters, adding that Clinton expanded on the events leading up to the agreement and emphasized "why it puts us in a potentially stronger position."   

The deal, which was negotiated in Vienna, would lift international sanctions on Iran while allowing the country to press on with crucial elements of its nuclear work, research, and development.

Congress has the authority to review the deal, though President Obama on Tuesday morning touted the agreement as an accomplishment, and insisted he would veto any effort by Congress to reject it.