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Obama Warns Skeptical Congress Not To Stand In Way Of Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

irPresident Barack Obama heralded a historic nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday as an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a “new direction,” while sharply warning Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord.

“No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East,” Obama said in early morning remarks from the White House.

Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, spoke shortly after negotiators in Vienna announced the landmark deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade in exchange for billions of dollars in international sanctions relief. The president said the agreement, hammered out through nearly two years of negotiations, would cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb and give the international community unprecedented access to the country’s nuclear facilities.

“This deal is not built on trust,” Obama said. “It is built on verification.”

For Obama, the accord marks the fulfillment of one of his top foreign policy goals and will be cast by the White House as a validation of the president’s focus on seeking resolutions through diplomacy. The president staked enormous political capital on the diplomatic pursuit with Iran, deeply straining relations with Israel and sparking outrage from some congressional lawmakers.

It will likely be well after Obama has left the White House before it is known whether the deal succeeds in preventing Iran from building a bomb. Critics say Iran cannot be trusted even with the lower levels of nuclear technology it will be allowed to retain under the terms of the agreement.

With the deal between the world powers now finalized, Congress has 60 days to assess the accord and decide whether to pursue legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran or prevent Obama from suspending existing ones.

The president renewed his vow to veto any such legislation and urged lawmakers to consider the repercussions of their actions. He painted a grim scenario in which the rest of the world struck its own nuclear deals with Iran, leaving the U.S. isolated. And without the limitations and verifications included in the deal announced Tuesday, Obama said he or a future U.S. president would be more likely to face a decision about using U.S. military action to prevent Iran from building a bomb.

The White House was expected to quickly launch a campaign to win support for the deal on Capitol Hill. The president was also expected to speak with several world leaders Tuesday.

Obama acknowledged Tuesday that the U.S. and Iran remain at odds over many issues, including Tehran’s support for terrorism in the Middle East and its detention of several American citizens. Still, he suggested a breakthrough on the nuclear issue could pave the way for a broader shift in relations between the U.S. and Iran.

“This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction,” Obama said. “We should seize it.”


5 Responses

  1. Why didn’t Obama demand the release of Americans held captive in Iran? Because the Iranians would have laughed at such a demand. What a sick, sad joke this “agreement” is. Congress would have to be insane to approve it. With feckless weak leaders like Boehner and McConnell I’m afraid approval is possible. This is too reminiscent of Chamberlain appeasing Hitler y’mach shmo. Hopefully the results will be different but I strongly doubt it.

  2. “peace in our time” worked before – didn’t it?

    Chamberlain got almost a full year out of the deal, but Obama figures he’ll get at least two, and maybe ten. He’ll be retired when it blows up. He also hopes that in 2015 the Democrats will be ending 16 years in power, and the US will be thoroughly isolated from and disengaged from what’s happen “overseas”.

  3. Thank God for AIPAC. They are working hard right now to make sure there will be enough votes in the house to shut down this deal.

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