President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday that they had finally brought the Iran deal to a “successful” conclusion. Reaction from around the world (not to mention the country) was mixed (at best). Almost immediately, the President and Secretary of State were forced to defend the deal to anyone and everyone not in the Obama administration.
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. This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change that makes our country and the world more secure…
We share the concerns expressed by many of our friends in the Middle East, including Israel and the Gulf States, about Iran’s support for terrorism and its use of proxies to destabilize the region, that is precisely why we are taking this step. An Iran armed with a nuclear weapon would be far more dangerous and a far bigger threat to our friends and to the world.
Meanwhile we will maintain our own sanction on Iran for their support for terrorism and on their ballistic missile program and its human rights violations.
Our differences are real and the history between our two nations can not be ignored, but it is possible to change. The path of violence and rigid ideology and foreign policy based on threats to attack your neighbors or exterminate Israel, that is a dead end. A different path, one of tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflict leads to deeper integration with 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. We should seize it…
That is the deal. It has the full backing of the international community. Congress will now have an opportunity to view the details. My administration stands ready to provide extensive briefings on how this will move forward.
As the American people and Congress review the deal, it will be important to consider the alternative.
Consider what happens in a world without this deal. Without this deal there is no scenario where the world joins us in sanctioning Iran until it completely dismantles its nuclear program.
Nothing we know about the government suggests it would capitulate under that pressure and the world would not support an effort to permanently sanction Iran into submission. We put sanctions in place to get a diplomatic resolution and that is what we have done. Without this deal there would be no agreed-upon limitations for the nuclear program.