Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal 'Not Built on Trust'
It's 'based on verification,' he says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2013 12:01 PM CST
John Kerry gestures as he speaks to the media about the deal that has been reached between six world powers and Iran at the International Conference Centre of Geneva, Nov. 24, 2013, in Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

(Newser) – If you're finding yourself a bit wary of the nuclear deal struck with Iran last night because, hey, why are we suddenly trusting these guys? ... John Kerry would like to reassure you: The deal is "not based on trust. It's based on verification," he said on CBS' Face the Nation today, according to Politico. "There's nothing built on trust. You don't have to trust the people you're dealing with, you have to have a mechanism put in place whereby you know exactly what you're getting and you know exactly what they're doing," Kerry explained. Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, per Politico:

  • On ABC's This Week, Kerry added that "this is not the moment to increase sanctions" on Iran, and that he's confident Congress will see things his way. "I believe Congress will recognize that this deal actually has a great deal of benefit in it," he said. And on CNN's State of the Union, he added that the deal makes Israel "safer than it was yesterday."
  • Lawmakers, however, expressed skepticism about the deal on various talk shows, and on State of the Union, former CIA director Michael Hayden says he fears the interim agreement (which he considers sub-par) will end up becoming "a permanent agreement."
  • Steny Hoyer may be a Democrat, but that didn't stop him from calling the ObamaCare rollout "terrible" today, also on Face the Nation. The House minority whip acknowledged, "We're all very disappointed," but said the law itself has not failed.
  • Earlier this month, Martin Bashir called Palin a "world class idiot" on MSNBC (his reasoning: She compared US debt to slavery). He's since apologized, but Palin nonetheless called him out on Fox News Sunday. "I don’t have to accept his words, his vile, evil comments, so they don’t have to affect me. I move on and I charge forth," she said.