US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the agreement signed between Iran and world powers “cuts off all pathways to nuclear weapons.”
Speaking at the White House hours after the deal was culminated, the US president hailed it as an example of “US leadership.”
"Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon," the president said.
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“Because we negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons” in the Middle East, the president said.
“The international community will be able to verify Iran will not be able to develop nuclear weapons,” Obama said.
The president said the deal is effective since it requires Iran to take steps to curb its nuclear program before economic sanctions are lifted.
The agreement “meets every single one of the bottom lines established” in the interim deal struck earlier this year, Obama said.
The president said that the agreement compels Iran to eliminate most of its enriched uranium, leaving it with “just a fraction” of the raw materials needed to produce a bomb.
Obama said the deal calls for limitations on Iranian stockpiles of uranium and plutonium. It also bans the Islamic Republic from constructing more heavy water reactors.
The president said that the agreement stipulates reinforced sanctions in the event that Iran violates terms of the deal.
Addressing the concerns of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
that the deal is "bad" for Israel, Obama vowed to continue to strengthen Israel's security.
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