US President Barack Obama heralded a nuclear deal with Iran. He said every pathway for Tehran to get a nuclear weapon was cut off under the agreement. It was built on verification, not trust, he said. He warned Congress he would veto any attempts to block its successful implementation.
Obama, speaking at the White House, said it offers the opportunity to move in a new direction and Washington should seize it.
“It’s possible to change. The path of violence and rigid ideology, our former policies based on threats to attack your neighbours or eradicate Israel, that’s a dead end. A different path, one of tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflicts leads to more integration in the global economy, more engagement with the international community and the ability of the Iranian people to prosper and thrive. This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction.”
Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in exchange for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.