President Obama, in his weekly address to the nation, lauded the deal made with Iran by the United States and its international partners.
He noted that parties in the negotiation have finally achieved something that decades of animosity has not – a deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
He said the deal will make America and the world safer and more secure. He, however, stated that people with opposite views will bring arguments to the debate which at best may be described as dishonest.
In seeking to debunk some of the arguments that may be foisted on the unsuspecting public, the President posited the following:
First, he declared that there is no way the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists would agree to a deal that would make it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Furthermore, he said that the deal struck with Iran cuts off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon. He underscored the point by explaining that today Iran has sufficient material to produce up to 10 nuclear weapons, but with this deal, Iran will have to ship 98% of the current material out of the country thus leaving them with little or no possibility of developing one weapon.
“There’s a permanent prohibition on Iran ever having a nuclear weapon,” the President said.
Second, he opposed the views from critics who charged that Iran could just ignore what’s required and do whatever they want. This is furthest from the truth the President said. This deal comes with an unprecedented, 24/7 monitoring of Iran’s key nuclear facilities.
He buttressed his view by declaring that at worst this deal will allow international inspectors access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain.
“The verification process set up by this deal is comprehensive and it is intrusive – precisely so we can make sure Iran keeps its commitments,” said President Obama.
Third, the issue of Iran facing no consequences if they violate this deal is painted as patently false by the President. He stated that if Iran violates this deal, the sanctions that have helped to cripple the Iranian economy would snap back into place promptly.
“There’s a reason this deal took so long to negotiate. Because we refused to accept a bad deal. We held out for a deal that met every one of our bottom lines. And we got it,” argued the President.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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