Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump told CNN the United States would be obliged to defend Iran against an Israeli attack under the terms of the nuclear deal reached between the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany and Iran.
“You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon. “And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense.”
“And I’m saying this – that includes Israel? And most people say, yes. So, if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.”
The agreement calls for Western nations signing the deal to ensure nuclear safety “as appropriate” of Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities.
The language of the agreement, however, does not explicitly state the United States or the other nations are required to defend Iran if it is attacked.
Trump is a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal. In August Trump said he was coordinating with Ted Cruz for a joint appearance at an event in Washington opposing the Iran deal.
“We are talking to Ted Cruz, who is a friend of mine and a good guy, about doing something very big over the next two weeks in Washington,” the real estate tycoon said after a rally in South Carolina. “It’s essentially a protest against the totally incompetent deal that we’re making with Iran.”
A Cruz spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said the event will be co-sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America.
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) August 30, 2015
On Wednesday the Obama administration secured enough votes in the Senate to override a threatened veto of the agreement by Republicans.
Republicans said their case against the agreement was sidelined by intense media focus on Donald Trump and the Clinton email scandal.