Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and founder of the Albright Stonebridge Group LLC, sits for a photograph in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2012.
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By Madeleine Albright
July 16, 2015
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Madeleine Albright is a former U.S. Secretary of State.

As President Obama said, “This deal is not built on trust. It’s built on verification.” There are a number of procedures in place to make sure Iran follows the terms of the agreement.

I welcome the discussion in Congress about the agreement. The American people need to understand this—the more they understand the agreement, the more they will understand its importance. The best thing would be to have this discussion, not to make instant judgments. There should never be any question about the United States’s dedication to Israel’s security.

When the next president is elected, I hope that she will be in a position to make sure the deal is carried out. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was the one who began the process, and she’s very familiar with the issue.

We haven’t had a relationship with Iran since 1979. This agreement offers the opportunity to look at other parts of a bilateral relationship. It’s a fascinating and complicated time in international policy. The nuclear agreement is one part of it, and a very important one.

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