President Obama Makes History With Tough Deal To Cut Off Iran’s Nuclear Program

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From the Rose Garden, President Obama announced the historically tough deal that the United States and the international community has negotiated to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.

The President said:

Today, after many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal, and it is a good deal. A deal that meets our core objectives. This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.

Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. So this deal is not based on trust. It’s based on unprecedented verification. Many key details were be finalized over the next three months, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.

The President made it clear that if Republicans in Congress sink this deal, they will be responsible destroying an entire international diplomatic effort.

President Obama laid out three options. Bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities and delay their program for a few years, increase sanctions, which would not delay their program at all, or negotiate a comprehensive deal via diplomacy.

The Republican hawks who are craving a new war with Iran are likely to reject any deal, but what this president has negotiated is historic. The international community has come together to agree on a pathway to prevent Iran from developing their own nuclear weapons.

It is an important moment for global security that Americans have to hope that Congressional Republicans don’t screw up.

Here are some of the points that Iran has agreed to:

• Iran has agreed to reduce by approximately two-thirds its installed centrifuges. Iran will go from having about 19,000 installed today to 6,104 installed under the deal, with only 5,060 of these enriching uranium for 10 years. All 6,104 centrifuges will be IR-1s, Iran’s first-generation centrifuge.

• Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for at least 15 years.

• Iran has agreed to reduce its current stockpile of about 10,000 kg of low-enriched uranium (LEU) to 300 kg of 3.67 percent LEU for 15 years.

• All excess centrifuges and enrichment infrastructure will be placed in IAEA monitored storage and will be used only as replacements for operating centrifuges and equipment.

• Iran has agreed to not build any new facilities for the purpose of enriching uranium for 15 years.
• Iran has agreed to reduce by approximately two-thirds its installed centrifuges. Iran will go from having about 19,000 installed today to 6,104 installed under the deal, with only 5,060 of these enriching uranium for 10 years. All 6,104 centrifuges will be IR-1s, Iran’s first-generation centrifuge.

• The IAEA will have regular access to all of Iran’s nuclear facilities, including to Iran’s enrichment facility at Natanz and its former enrichment facility at Fordow, and including the use of the most up-to-date, modern monitoring technologies.

• Inspectors will have access to the supply chain that supports Iran’s nuclear program. The new transparency and inspections mechanisms will closely monitor materials and/or components to prevent diversion to a secret program.

• Inspectors will have access to uranium mines and continuous surveillance at uranium mills, where Iran produces yellowcake, for 25 years.

• Inspectors will have continuous surveillance of Iran’s centrifuge rotors and bellows production and storage facilities for 20 years. Iran’s centrifuge manufacturing base will be frozen and under continuous surveillance.

• All centrifuges and enrichment infrastructure removed from Fordow and Natanz will be placed under continuous monitoring by the IAEA.

37 Replies to “President Obama Makes History With Tough Deal To Cut Off Iran’s Nuclear Program”

  1. Oh, how I love this president. Diplomacy must always be tried first before we send more of our sons and daughters to die in the middle east. Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Secretary. Who cares what the war hawks want. They will never rid of their thirst for war profiteering, making them the scum of this earth.

  2. So: being that this is not a formal treaty, why is Congress even a factor in making or breaking this deal?

  3. Now that’s what I voted for, bargaining tables instead of bombs
    He was right when he said his Presidency was in the 4th quarter and interesting things happen in the 4th quarter

    It may not be perfect, but it’s a start…

  4. THE DEAL that the Republicans and Netanyahu were sooooo afraid of. Came about, with precise, expert diplomacy by the United States and the other nations setting up this deal. Bravo to them all! And now will the Republicans and Netanyahu STFU ! Please. We don’t wasn’t to hear NOTHING else coming from them. The Party poopers and doom and gloomers. They can now put away their war plans.
    You know what? I DON’T THINK that the Iranians would have conceded this much or anything at all IF they were dealing with Republican Americans + Netanyahu in the background advising. Oh, and what does the 47 have to say now? Debunked and shamed into silence.

  5. Wasn’t one of the big sticking points for Iran being able to get the crippling sanctions off of them?

    I didn’t see that in this article. I wonder if it’s immediate or if it comes after a certain time after following the protocols placed by the deal.

    I also want to congratulate our President for using diplomacy here, which seems to be a lost and forgotten art.

  6. This was one of the issues president Obama ran on in his campaign for office, now he’s accomplished that promise, while his worthless enemies (the GOP) are busy trying their best to undo his tireless, and laudable efforts to secure a lasting, and secure peace in the middle east. We must establish a lasting peace in that region of the world, if we are ever going to realize true national security in our nation, and the world.

  7. I guess Iran figured they’d get a better deal with Pres. Obama than Boner and Netanyahu. Thanks Obama!

  8. Me to deb. The GOP is SO immature, stupid & unprincipled. Everything they speak of doing could have been done if diplomacy hadn’t worked. Though bombing & sanctions don’t solve anything & are completely shortsighted. The GOP did Obama no favors here & will still try to sabotage these negotiations.

  9. Reading the comments on the European news sites shows they are good with this deal. Reading the comments on American news sites shows Republican hawks heads exploding! Nice job by all the negotiating countries, as I wish for peace, not more war.

  10. Well played Mr. President

    Now there are some who fellate the war porn like Mc Insane but this is a BIG FUCKING DEAL

  11. This is EXCELLENT – thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Secretary. This is why we voted. TWICE.

    Now, Politics USA, I know you hurried to get it out there fast, and you did a commendable job of that. Now please go back and copyedit. I’ll have to find a story on this elsewhere to share unless and until you do.

  12. As this involves agreements to come into compliance with an already-existing treaty, it does not appear to require ratification by the Senate.

  13. President Obama is so intelligent. Thank God cooler heads have prevailed. I am so sick of war. I voted for him twice and he has done everything he set out to do, despite a do NOTHING Congress. Thank you Brother O!

  14. President Obama, thank you.

    President Obama is an exceptional President, and an exceptional person.

    Boehner can go cry in his scotch.

  15. Thank you to President Obama and Secretary Kerry for showing that there are other options than military wars. Of course the Gop will rail about this and over play their hand as they did in Indiana. I hope the American people think about what type of country they want to live in…I hope they dismiss the Republicans for the fools they are.

  16. What a man! What a President!

    No wonder republicons can’t stand him. He does everything they can’t and won’t do for this country.

    If you want war and destruction, the republicon party is the way to go. There’s nothing good in Bigotsville………

  17. The idiot Scott Walker already says when he is president he will blow up this deal on day one. I am sure he has a better alternative, after all he says he was a boy scout leader.

  18. Kudos to President Obama and Secretary Kerry for using diplomacy to work on this important issue.

    We Americans though must realize that republicans could NOT have accomplished this. They are not smart enough. Diplomacy takes intelligence, respect, patience and a mutual trust that all participants are working towards an agreement that all parties can live with. It involves give and take. And repugs really are only interested in taking.

    Republicans in Congress since 2008 have been totally dumbed down. This is why their first response is war, because thinking and working diplomatically with foreign countries would be beyond them. I am sure a lot of them think real Americans are tough enough and don’t do that diplomacy thing.

  19. Can’t give your comment a thumbs up because it’s not working, but I appreciate all you’ve said Nan.

    Peace on Earth to all.

  20. “The Republican hawks, (The Traitors of Human Life – my Words), who are craving a new war with Iran are likely to reject any deal, but what this president has negotiated is historic. The international community has come together to agree on a pathway to prevent Iran from developing their own nuclear weapons.”
    As an Added Bonus for, “We the People of the World”, with the Iran Oil Back in the Open World Market, Hopefully the Price of Gas at the Gas Pump, will go Even Lower, as a Well Deserved Break for the “Down-Trodden”, Who Always are the First to Take it on the Chin, Whenever and Wherever there’s Manufactured Wars in the World !
    Granted the “War Profiteers & their Enablers in the Corridors of Power”, will Sell Less Human Killing Guns & Machinery, but they have Made Enough Money in the Business Already, as it is ! ?

  21. As opposed to the $Billions an all out war would cost, not to mention the casualties and loss of life.

  22. JADF, if I’m not mistaken, they are a factor not because they have a legitimate role to play but because they will do anything to stop this deal. They’ve already shown they will attack their own country on the world stage, with vile lies and treasonous hearts, to undermine the deal, like the 47letter.

  23. And that’s less than half what the Cruz/republican temper tantrum of 2013 cost the taxpayers (24 billion)

  24. @Freckle..this Canadian is very pleased also, WAR is big business for the warmongers while the little guy/girl get their limbs blown off and for what. What war besides WW1&2 have America won? How many lives have been lost while people like Cheney and Co. make huge profits?
    I know PM Harper must be disappointed, he won’t be able to send Canadians off to war to hide behind as the economy is in free fall with low gas/oil prices.

  25. If there is any way for the Republicans can put the ki-bosh on this agreement that has been hashed out by our Administration and other countries who care about a safe world, they will. I fear what they will do to my country that they seem to hate as much as they hate our POTUS. We have had enough war. We don’t want any more war. Only the insane do. A nuclear war wouldn’t last long, but it would kill and maim everyone and destroy the earth. Is there NO ONE who can get through to the GOPTP leaders the Kochs? If they favor destroying the earth, what will they end up having after all?

  26. To quote all the fux fiends,”THANX OBAMA” !

    Now picture our SoS J. Kerry thumbing his nose

    at all the flip-floppers, band-aiders, and swift-

    boaters as he accepts his Nobel Peace Prize.

    Oops, almost left out T.”Rotten”Cotton. [WINK]

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