President Barack Obama said the ‘framework’ agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was “a good deal – a deal that meets our core objectives.”
He stressed that the nuclear deal – if completed – will make US, its allies, and the world safer. The American president also claimed that the deal shut down Iran’s path to constructing a bomb using enriched uranium but warned that the deal does not end US mistrust of the Islamic Republic.
Obama was scheduled to be away, but he delayed his departure as negotiators in Switzerland hammered out final details of a framework agreement. Obama has invested significant political capital in the nuclear negotiations. The talks have strained the US relationship with Israel and deepened tensions with Congress.
While Obama praised the ‘historic’ deal, one of his toughest challenges will be convincing Congress to hold off on legislation that would authorize new sanctions on Iran. The president has warned that the legislation could upend the delicate diplomacy.