Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Obama’s Speech on Iran Nuclear Deal

President Barack Obama today gave a comprehensive speech on the nuclear deal with Iran at the American University in Washington. To read the text of the speech, please click here. Following are few highlights:

  • In July, we reached a comprehensive of plan of action that meets our objectives. Under its terms, Iran is never allowed to build a nuclear weapon. And while Iran, like any party to the nuclear non- proliferation treaty, is allowed to access peaceful nuclear energy, the agreement strictly defines the manner in which its nuclear program can proceed, ensuring that all pathways to a bomb are cut off.
  • Under this deal, Iran cannot acquire the plutonium needed for a bomb. The core of its heavy reactor at Arak will be pulled out, filled with concrete, replaced with one that will not produce plutonium for a weapon. The spent fuel from that reactor will be shipped out of the country, and Iran will not build any new heavy water reactors for at least 15 years.
  • Iran will also not be able to acquire the enriched uranium that could be used for a bomb. As soon as this deal is implemented, Iran will remove two-thirds of its centrifuges. For the next decade, Iran will not enrich uranium with its more advanced centrifuges. Iran will not enrich uranium at the previously undisclosed Fordo facility, which is very deep underground, for at least 15 years.
  • Iran will get rid of 98 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium, which is currently enough for up to 10 nuclear bombs for the next 15 years. Even after those 15 years have passed, Iran will never have the right to use a peaceful program as cover to pursue a weapon, and in fact this deal shuts off the type of covert path Iran pursued in the past.
  • There will be 24/7 monitoring of Iran's key nuclear facilities. For decades, inspectors will have access to Iran's entire nuclear supply chain, from the uranium mines and mills where they get raw materials to the centrifuge production facilities where they make machines to enrich it. And understand why this is so important.
  • And finally, Iran has powerful incentives to keep its commitments. Before getting sanctions relief, Iran has to take significant concrete steps, like removing centrifuges and getting rid of its stock piles. If Iran violates the agreement over the next decade, all of the sanctions can snap back into place. We won't need the support of other members of the U.N. Security Council, America can trigger snap back on our own.
  • We have no illusions about the Iranian government or the significance of the Revolutionary Guard and the Quds Force. Iran supports terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. It supports proxy groups that threaten our interests and the interests of our allies, including proxy groups who killed our troops in Iraq.
  • I recognize that resorting to force may be tempting in the face of the rhetoric and behavior that emanates from parts of Iran. It is offensive. It is incendiary. We do take it seriously... But superpowers should not act impulsively in response to taunts or even provocations that can be addressed short of war. Just because Iranian hardliners chant "Death to America" does not mean that that's what all Iranians believe.
  • Walk away from this agreement, and you will get a better deal -- for Iran.

Photo credit: President Obama speaks Wednesday (Susan Walsh/AP)


Mark Pyruz said...

One can nitpick at many of the assertions made by our President but one has to bear in mind politics as they are in the Beltway.

The end result justifies the rhetoric required to help enable adoption of JCPOA.

On the Iranian side, similar heaps of rhetoric are also being employed.

Anonymous said...

When only 28% of Americans support and 57% oppose this lousy deal with the terrorist Mollah Regime, "heaps" of something are surely called for:

Anonymous said...

Those polls are not surprising considering
AIPAC has spent around 11.6M in tv ads to convince the Americans that the deal is bad.

I am actually shocked at what is happening with the us politicians. Some are pushing so hard for Isreal ' s interest more so than their country and commander in chief. How is this not treason?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous August 5, 2015 at 7:59 PM
The irony is that they find themselves in company with a lot of iranians who see this "lousy deal" as a capitulation to the great satan,but none of the hardliners on either side have any alternative to this agreement apart from the previous status quo,as for the west they were probably lucky to get this deal,certainly the longer they would`ve waited the worse the deal would have got,however the neocons/zionists view anything other than an iranian surrender as a bad deal

Anonymous said...

This poll was of registered voters who are not representative of most Americans who dont vote at all. These are mostly older Americans. This is called a "sampling Error" in statistics which makes this poll invalid

Secondly who cares if older Americans oppose it

The poll you show is like this poll of Millenials who overwhelmingly support it

The only difference between the two is the millenials will be the ones who would have to go and die in a War with Iran, which learning from the Iraq war they realize they dont want to. So their opinion is a bit more concerning. Nice try though

Anonymous said...

Are the Supreme Leader-for-Life and the IRGC (who will see a windfall of many, many billions) from this so-called deal, "hardliners", softliners or hard on the outside and soft on the inside (like a nice, ripe avocado)?

A said...

No matter which way we cut this deal, it is clear that the U.S. has surrendered. The entire gamut of the sanctions regime, so meticulously crafted over a decade has unraveled. It is hard to believe that it has come down to this.

So what we are reading up on many alternative sites holds water, which is the U.S. testing Iran to alter its behavior in exchange for this massive concession.

But it is delusional to believe that the IRI leadership will change its policies. I guess the U.S. has finally realized that its ME project stands shattered without Iran's acquiescence and participation.

It is a monumental victory for the resistance axis of Russia/ China/ Iran. No doubt.