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Obama: Israeli Concerns Legitimate, But No Better Alternative

One day after the controversial Iran deal, President Barack Obama addresses the issues live from the White House.


US President Barack Obama spoke live from the White House on Wednesday night, one day after announcing the controversial deal struck between Washington, several European and other global powers, and Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program.

Obama praised the deal as an example of the will of “the international community to unite around a shared vision, and we resolve to solve problems peacefully.”

“As I said yesterday, it’s important for the American people and for US Congress to review this deal, and that process is now underway,” he continued. “I’ve already reached out to leaders in Congress on both sides of the aisle, my national-security team has already begun extensive briefings.”

“I expect the debate to be robust, and that’s how it should be; it’s an important issue,” he added. “Our national-security policies are stronger and more effective when subject to the scrutiny and transparency that democracy demands.”

“The details of this deal matter very much,” he noted. “That’s why our team worked so hard for so long to get the details right.”

Obama urged the debate not to “lose sight of the larger picture,” including “the fundamental choice that this deal represents.”

He further insisted that the plan severely hinders Iran’s nuclear program.

“Without a deal, those pathways remain open,” he said. “There would be no limits to Iran’s nuclear program and Iran could move closer to a nuclear bomb.”

The terms include “the most comprehensive and intrusive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated” for Iran’s nuclear facilities, he added. “Without the deal, those inspections go away.”

The President also noted that Iran will face “real consequences” in the event the deal is broken, including the fact that sanctions will “snap back into place.”

“Without a deal, the international sanctions regime will unravel,” he added.

“With this deal, we have the possibility of peacefully resolving a major threat to national and international security. Without a deal, we risk even more war in the Middle East, and other countries in the region will feel compelled to pursue their own nuclear programs, threatening a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world.”

America’s reservations

“Even with this deal, we will continue to have profound differences with Iran,” he said. “Its support of terrorism, its use of proxies to destabilize parts of the Middle East – therefore a multilateral arms embargo on Iran will remain for five years, and restrictions on ballistic missile technology will remain for eight years.”


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