President Obama in a 7 a.m. news conference, during which he looked directly into the lens of the cameras, said: “This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and immediate change. … Today, because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.”
He said the forged deal is a win-win, and assured “every pathway to nuclear weapon is cut off.”
Among its specifics he cited: Iran is halted from producing highly enriched, nuclear grade plutonium; Iran will have to remove two-thirds of its centrifuges and store them under constant supervision; Iran can’t use its centrifuges for the next ten years; and Iran will have to modify its reactor in Iraq so it can’t produce weapons grade plutonium.”
Obama also guaranteed U.N. weapons inspectors would have access to visit Iran’s military sites and check for compliance with the deal.
“This deal is not built on trust,” Obama said. “It is built on verification. Inspectors will have 24-hour access to Iran’s key nuclear buildings.”
But a senior nuclear official said if IAEA inspectors must first petition Iran for permission to visit the sites 14 days in advance.
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