Iran and world powers capped a decade-long dispute by reaching a historic deal early Tuesday for Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions.Really?
The Islamic republic has been negotiating with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China for years, with diplomats most recently extending numerous deadlines in hopes of arriving at a workable and comprehensive plan.
President Barack Obama said the deal with Tehran ensures that "every pathway to a nuclear weapon" had been cut off.
"We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region," he said in an early-morning statement which — in a rare move — was carried on Iranian television.
Well, assume it's true. What's the downside to Iran if it cheats?
Obama said that if Iran violates the terms of the agreement, sanctions will be snapped back into place.Oh my, more sanctions! I wonder if a strongly worded letter will accompany them?
The deal is "not built on trust," he explained. "It is built on verification."
And the sanctions?
The agreement includes the provision of a "snap back" mechanism that could lead to the reinstatement of sanctions within 65 days if Iran violates the terms of the deal, according to officials.65 days is "snap back?"
Wow. No threat of immediate laying waste the countryside around Iran's nuke facilities and turning deserts into sheets of glass?
Alleged actual terms here.
Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.Personally I would have made a violation of that provision an act of war and opened up all kinds of possibilities.
But that's just me.
The President issues his own threat about this deal, Obama threatens to veto any attempt to block Iranian nuclear deal. I guess that's a "red line" then, isn't it?
Must be a good deal, then.