President Barack Obama told CBS News on Sunday that he would “walk away” from a “bad deal” with Iran. The president told CBS’ “Sunday Morning” that “if we don’t have that kind of deal, then we’re not going to take it.”
Big gaps remain to be bridged if the sides are to reach a deal by the end of March deadline set by negotiators. The next round of talks is set to begin March 15.
“If we cannot verify that they are not going to obtain a nuclear weapon, that there’s a breakout period so that even if they cheated we would be able to have enough time to take action. If we don’t have that kind of deal, then we’re not going to take it,” President Obama said.
“Over the next month or so, we’re going to be able to determine whether or not their system is able to accept what would be an extraordinarily reasonable deal, if in fact, as they say, they are only interested in peaceful nuclear programs.
“And if we have unprecedented transparency in that system, if we are able to verify that in fact they are not developing weapons systems, then there’s a deal to be had, but that’s going to require them to accept the kind of verification and constraints on their program that so far, at least, they have not been willing to say yes to,” Mr. Obama said. Read more at Ynet News.