Obama: Diplomacy Best Course to Deal With Iran


US President Barack Obama addresses a press conference at the White House in Washington. Reuters/Larry Downing file photo
US President Barack Obama addresses a press conference at the White House in Washington. Reuters/Larry Downing file 

WASHINGTON (IINA) – Diplomacy was the best option to deal with Iran’s contested nuclear program, said US President Barack Obama two days after the conclusion of a framework agreement with Tehran, AFP reported.

Iran and six world powers worked out the outlines of a landmark agreement which would curb Iran’s nuclear program and potentially lift economic sanctions. Obama said that he is convinced talks are the best way forward.

“As President and Commander in Chief, I firmly believe that the diplomatic option – a comprehensive, long-term deal like this – is by far the best option,” Obama said in his weekly address.

Explaining that he expects a “robust debate” on the deal in the United States, Obama said he will keep Congress apprised of the “substance of the deal.”

Many of Obama’s Republican opponents in Congress have been skeptical of a deal with Iran and suggested the US may be giving too much away in its negotiations.

Echoing comments he made hours after the announcement of the agreement, Obama highlighted the rigorous inspections to which Tehran will be subjected.

“If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it,” he said.
“So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification,” he added.

According to the outline text agreed between Tehran and the P5+1 group (the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia plus Germany) Iran must significantly reduce its number of centrifuges in exchange for a suspension of sanctions.

The outline was a major breakthrough in a 12-year international crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, but the final deal has yet to be reached

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