Clinton warns Iran not to exploit US Iraq pullout

By REUTERS
October 23, 2011 15:41



WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday the United States will maintain a strong security relationship with Iraq despite the scheduled pullout of all US troops and warned Iran not to try to exploit the situation.




"No one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy," Clinton said on the NBC program "Meet the Press." "We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance. And I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that."




Clinton, speaking on the program "Fox News Sunday," added that Iraq "is a sovereign, independent nation with whom we have very good relations. And we expect to have a continuing strong security relationship for many years to come."




After months of negotiations with officials in Baghdad failed to reach an agreement to keep possibly thousands of US troops in Iraq as trainers, US President Barack Obama announced on Friday he would stick to plans to pull out the remaining force of 40,000 American troops by year's end.



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