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
"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.