Obama On Iran Deal ➠ ‘I Welcome All Scrutiny’
In his Saturday weekly address, President Obama gave a three-point defense of his nuclear deal with Iran, explained that it is online for the world to see, and that he welcomes any and all scrutiny, promising no question is off limits (unless your name is Major Garrett and you asked about the four Americans left out of the Iran deal.)
It’s not that Obama believes this deal is perfect, but without it, “we’d risk another war in the most volatile region in the world.”
Because without this deal, there would be no limits on Iran’s nuclear program. There would be no monitoring, no inspections. The sanctions we rallied the world to impose would unravel. Iran could move closer to a nuclear weapon. Other countries in the region might race to do the same.
Obama said that many of the arguments against the deal are “dishonest” and “overheated.” And to help America ignore those apparently disloyal voices, the president provided a rebuttal:
First, you’ll hear some critics argue that this deal somehow makes it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Now, if you think it sounds strange that the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists would agree to something like that, you’re right.
Obama assured that this deal “closes off” Iran from manufacturing a weapon. As of today, Iran has the capabilities of producing 10 nuclear bombs. But Obama said that they will have to ship 98% of its nuclear material out of the country so that they can’t even make one weapon.
Second, you might hear from critics that Iran could just ignore what’s required and do whatever they want. That they’re inevitably going to cheat. Well, that’s wrong, too.
The president promised 24/7 monitoring and verification processes that are sure to be “comprehensive” and “intrusive.”
Third, you might hear from critics that Iran faces no consequences if it violates this deal. That’s also patently false. More