President Barack Obama spoke on limiting advances on Tehran’s nuke program.
“President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse. Yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.” (Bradley Klapper and Darlene Superville, The Associated Press)
U.S. and its negotiating partners: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia work toward a final agreement next year.
The deal will limit advances on Tehran’s Nuke Program. The president is announcing a first-step deal to get the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, to give up nuclear weapons.
A major element to this deal is Iran would have to freeze its enrichment. This deal would make Iran less capable of creating another nuclear bomb. Another sanction against Iran would help this final comprehensive deal
Obama said, “Today, we took a comprehensive agreement. Since I took office, I make clear to prevent Iran from making a nuclear weapon. I wish to resolve this peacefully. Iran has been unwilling to make changes internationally. These sanctions have had a significant impact on their [Iran] economy. For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted Iran’s program. They will neutralize their stockpiles. They cannot set up new centrifuges. It will halt work with their plutonium reactor. These are substantial limitations that will help Iran. Because of his agreement Iran can’t use their …we agreed to provide Iran modest relief and a portion of the revenue they will lose from sanctions. We will turn off the relief if Iran does not follow through with negotiations. Because of its record in breaking negotiations, in these negotiations, the burden is on them. We can begin to chip away at the trust between the nations. If Iran refuses, we will face growing pressure. Now is not the time to move forward on news sanctions. That international unity, the world is united on the basis that it will make Iran firmly about only diplomacy will bring durable relief. I will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. We must use the months ahead that will offer a comprehensive solution…through strong and principal diplomacy.”
He unveiled a program to make it impossible to have Iran build a nuclear weapon. This is a major diplomatic breakthrough.
The significance is huge; it’s the first diplomatic step since 79. This is limited relief on sanctions. The president made a point of saying that Iran can’t take this freeze and continue to build nuclear weapons. Three months ago, when MSNBC spoke with the Iran President, he said he was "willing to make some changes".
In basically two months, there was a lot of pressure for fallout not just for the president of Iran, but for our president, Obama, as well.
The International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] “serves as the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field” (www.iaea.org).
The goal is to get Iran to give up nuclear weapons, building weapons, etc.
Secretary of State John Kerry promised close consultation on the next steps.
"We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, period, not now, not ever," Kerry said. "I am convinced that we have taken a strong first step that has made the world and Israel safer."