Caspian International News Agency– In this debate, different subjects from foreign and internal policy related issues were addressed by the two Democrat and Republican presidential candidates.
As it was predicted, this debate turned into the scene of the candidates’ verbal disputes. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate, received and responded to criticisms that have repeatedly been raised by his Republican rival Donald Trump in the past year and a half.
In this debate, Trump tried to question years-long and even decades-long policies of the White House. On the other hand, Ms. Clinton tried to show Trump’s individual and political incompetence for a presidential position, and to assure Washington’s allies all over the world, that if she is elected, she will adhere to America’s bilateral security commitments and agreements.
The issue of Iran was one of the major issues discussed by the two candidates, especially in the last half an hour of the debate.
For the first time, Iran’s issue was addressed by Ms. Clinton, answering a question about Cyber security. Ms. Clinton accused Iran, along with Russia and China, of cyber attacking US.
However, Iran’s issue was continued by Trump and was repeated many times in his criticism of JCPOA. Trump claimed that America’s severe sanctions against Iran was leading to this country’s decline, and by the wrong nuclear deal, Iran survived this threat and now is becoming a new regional power.
On the other hand, Ms. Clinton, defending the nuclear deal, said that Iran’s sanction had started when she had been Secretary of the State, and in that period, (2009 to 2013), she had tried to create a coalition with other countries such as China and Russia for strengthening the sanctions against Iran.
Hillary Clinton claimed that it was the strict sanctions that persuaded Iran to negotiate, and at the end, without shooting a single bullet, lead to the nuclear deal. She defended the diplomatic approach of Obama’s government regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and said that this deal is a great achievement by Obama’s government.
This was the first debate for the two presidential candidates, which was hosted by Lester Holt, NBC Channel’s news anchor. The next two debates will take place in October.
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)