President Obama took part in a live 40-minute question-and-answer session at the 10th annual Saban Forum at the Brookings Institute in Washington Saturday night that was broadcast live on Israel's Channel 2. President Obama blatantly lied about the United States' recent nuclear deal with Iran during the broadcast when he claimed the deal completely halts Iran's uranium enrichment. The Brookings Institute described the president's claims about the deal as a "detailed and nuanced defense."
The agreement reached with Iran last month in Geneva in fact does not prevent Iran from enriching uranium completely. It only caps enrichment at five-percent, down from the current 20-percent. Experts say the five-percent cap would leave Iran only two months away from having the capability of building a nuclear bomb.
During the broadcast, Obama claimed, “We have not only made sure that in Fordor and Natanz [the nuclear deal] that they have to stop adding additional centrifuges, we’ve also said that they’ve got to roll back their 20 percent advanced enrichment. So we’re … ”
At that point the host of the Q&A, Chaim Saban, interupted the president and asked, “To how much?”
“Down to zero,” Obama answered.
President Obama then referred to Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's drawing of a bomb at the United Nations last year and said, “The picture of a bomb – he was referring to 20 percent enrichment, which the concern was if you get too much of that, you now have sufficient capacity to go ahead and create a nuclear weapon. We’re taking that down to zero.”
Iran has unequivocally stated that it will not give up uranium enrichment as part of any agreement.
President Obama then seemed to have forgotten his claim from just moments before that the deal called for a halt of all uranium enrichment and admitted enrichment would continue when he said, “You’ll hear arguments, including potentially from the prime minister [Netanyahu], that said we can’t accept any enrichment on Iranian soil, period, full stop, end of conversation. One can envision an ideal world in which Iran said, ‘We’ll destroy every element and facility and you name it, it’s all gone.’ I can envision a world in which Congress passed every one of my bills that I put forward. There are a lot of things that I can envision that would be wonderful.”
“Theoretically, they will always have some capability because technology here is available to any good physics student at pretty much any university around the world,” Obama continued, "and they have already gone through the cycle to the point where the knowledge we are not going to be able to eliminate. But what we can do is eliminate the incentive for them to want to do this.”
Even the Iranians admit the deal allows the continuation of uranium enrichment. Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the Kayhan newspaper and spokesman for the Supreme Leader, told the Wall Street Journal that “if the right to enrich is accepted, which it has been, then everything that we have wanted has been realized.”
The deal faces bipartisan opposition in Congress. Even some high-profile Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), has expressed misgivings about the agreement. Many political experts say the deal as it is currently written will not be passed by Congress.