Sanders believes the Iran nuclear deal is necessary to avoid going to war with Iran.
“Apparently most of the candidates up there do not remember consequences of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the kind of easy feeling, the kind of non-consequential talk about going to war or rejecting the president’s effort to negotiate an agreement with Iran disturb me very much. Because I think these people do not know what the war in Iraq did to our people, did to the people in Iraq, and how many of our folks came back wounded or dead.”
“Clearly our goal and what the president and Secretary Kerry have been working on is to do everything possible to see that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon which would destabilize incredibly that entire region of the world and that’s something that should not happen.”
“It’s so easy to be critical of an agreement which is not perfect. But the United States has to negotiate with other countries. We have to negotiate with Iran and the alternative, the alternative of not reaching an agreement you know what it is? It’s war! Do we really want another war? A war with Iran, an asymmetrical warfare that will take place all over this world threatening American troops. I think we go as far as we possibly can in trying to give peace a chance if you like. Trying to see if this agreement will work and I will support it.”
"I support the agreement that the United States negotiated with China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom and Iran. I believe this approach is the best way forward if we are to accomplish what we all want to accomplish—that is making certain that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon – an occurrence which would destabilize the region, lead to a nuclear arms race in the area, and would endanger the existence of Israel.
"It is my firm belief that the test of a great nation, with the most powerful military on earth, is not how many wars we can engage in, but how we can use our strength and our capabilities to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way.
"Those who have spoken out against this agreement, including many in this chamber, and those who have made every effort to thwart the diplomatic process, are many of the same people who spoke out forcefully and irresponsibly about the need to go to war with Iraq – one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of our country."