Iran and the U.S. have reportedly reached a nuclear deal. The agreement’s seen as a major ‘victory’ for President Obama by his administration.
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t hold back when reacting to the deal, calling it “an historic mistake for the world.”
“Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability,” he explained. “In addition, Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars with which it can fuel its terror machine and its expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East and across the globe.”
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to answer whether the administration would agree to lift an embargo on conventional weapons sales to Iran as part of the deal, saying instead that any deal will trade relief from “sanctions applied due to (Iran’s) nuclear program” in exchange for Iran “taking steps” to draw down its nuclear program.
However, while speaking from the White House, Obama claimed the deal meets “every single one of the bottom lines” made in a tentative agreement struck earlier this year.
“Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off,” Obama claimed. “This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification.”
The deal also sets up a possible showdown between President Obama and Congress, where lawmakers could take issue with several provisions, including giving Iran leverage over inspections. The deal gives Iran an upper-hand in process.
The agreement requires the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to “ask Iran’s permission first,” after which Iran has 14 days to decide whether to grant it. If not, the IAEA would have another 10 days to make their decision about what to do next.
The set-up gives Iran 24 days to drag out the process. It also sets up a possible showdown between Obama and Congress, which has 60-days to review the agreement.
Congress would need two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate to override the agreement. For his part, Obama has already threatened to veto any attempt to stop the deal.
This deal’s all about Obama’s legacy, at the price of danger, as the Doomsday Clock continues to tick forward with only three-minutes left before, “destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making,” according as The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.