[ Note: Mattis, like everyone else has to do, wants to give the answers to have smooth sailing through the hearing. He is going to need a fairy dust waiver sprinkled over him to get a pass on the seven years wait after leaving the service, so he did not want to rock the boat on anything.
US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon promises to restrain Iran by several means as he testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Mattis went on to repeat accusations against Iran calling it the biggest destabilizing force in the Middle East. He also made an unprecedented remark about the Iran nuclear deal. Mattis described the agreement as an imperfect arms control agreement. He said the deal, also known as the JCPOA, is not a friendship treaty.
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Mattis, however, admitted that Washington has to live up to its commitments under the agreement. Mattis’s comments come as the JCPOA does not concern the issue of arms control and deals with Iran’s nuclear energy program.