Clinton Campaign Adviser, Iran Point Man Ducks Questions: ‘I’m a Private Citizen’
“The deal that we’re working to achieve will not expire. There will not be a so-called ‘sunset.’ Different requirements of the deal would have different durations, but some – including Iran’s commitment to all of its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, including the obligation not to build a nuclear weapon, as well as the tough access and monitoring provisions of the Additional Protocol – those would continue in perpetuity,” he said.
If Iran fails to comply with the international community’s requirements, Blinken assured the public the U.S. government would know about it right away.
He said the government would have “plenty of time to respond diplomatically” or by other means if necessary.
“Most of the sanctions would be suspended – not ended – for a long period of time, with provisions to snap back automatically if Iran reneges on its commitments,” he said.
Sullivan was part of a panel discussion at the conference before Blinken’s remarks. According to the Associated Press, Sullivan has played a key role in the Obama administration’s negotiations over the Iran deal. He avoided questions about the talks and Clinton’s campaign.
“I was just doing the event. I’m not doing any reporters’ questions,” he told PJ Media, referencing the potential Iran deal. “I’m a private citizen so that’s why I don’t want to do any interviews on the subject, because at the moment I’ll just leave it to the team who is negotiating and let them do both -- the negotiating and the public talking.”
Sullivan was also asked how Clinton should differentiate herself from Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who is gaining in recent polls.
“You are good. Honestly, I give you lots of credit for persistence. I’m all for that, but I honestly came to the panel and not to do any interviews so I’ll leave it at that,” he said.