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U.S. President Barack Obama at White House press briefing.

U.S. President Barack Obama revealed in an exclusive interview with Reuters late Monday that American officials do not actually know how far Iran really is from “breakout” – that is, how far from reaching the ability to create a nuclear weapon.

The reason for this is because Iran is still failing to come clean about its nuclear program.

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“There is a substantial disagreement in terms of how to achieve that. And what it boils down to is what’s the best way to ensure that Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu thinks that the best way to do that is either through doubling down on more sanctions or through military action, ensuring that Iran has absolutely no enrichment capabilities whatsoever. And there’s no expert on Iran or nuclear proliferation around the world that seriously thinks that Iran is going to respond to additional sanctions by eliminating its nuclear program.

“What we’ve said from the start is by organizing a strong sanctions regime, what we can do is bring Iran to the table. And by bringing Iran to the table, force them to have a serious negotiation in which a) we are able to see exactly what’s going on inside of Iran b) we’re able to create what we call a breakout period, a timeline where we know if they were to try to get a nuclear weapon it would take them a certain amount of time.

“And the deal that we’re trying to negotiate is to make sure that there’s at least a year between us seeing them try to get a nuclear weapon and them actually being able to obtain one.

“And as long as we’ve got that one-year breakout capacity, that ensures us that we can take military action to stop them if they were stop it. Now, we’re still in the midst of negotiations. What I’ve said consistently is, we should let these negotiations play out. If, in fact, Iran is agree, willing to agree to double-digit years of keeping their program where it is right now and, in fact, rolling back elements of it that currently exist …

REUTERS – Double digit years?

OBAMA – Double digit years. If we’ve got that and we’ve got a way of verifying that, there’s no other steps we can take that would give us such assurance that they don’t have a nuclear weapon.

“Now, Iran may not agree to the rigorous inspection demands that we’re insisting on. They may not agree to the low levels of enrichment capabilities they would have to maintain to ensure that their breakout is at least a year. But if they do agree to it, it would be far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take, any military action Israel could take and far more effective than sanctions will be.

“And we know that because during the period in which we applied sanctions for over a decade, Iran went from about 300 or a couple of hundred centrifuges to tens of thousands of centrifuges in response to sanctions.

REUTERS – Let’s talk a little bit specifically about the prime minister. Susan Rice said that what he has done by accepting the invitation to speak was destructive to the fabric of the relationship. Would you agree that it’s destructive? And if so, will there be any consequences for him or for Israel?

OBAMA – You know, I think that Prime Minister Netanyahu is sincere about his concerns with respect to Iran. And given Iran’s record and given the extraordinarily disruptive and dangerous activities of this regime in the region, it’s understandable why Israel is very concerned about Iran. We are too. But what we’ve consistently said is we have to stay focused on our ultimate goal, which is preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

82 COMMENTS

  1. Yes we should set idly by after all your other deals and watch sanctions made by Congress that were working destroyed by your ego ,,any deal that allows Iran to enrich uranium is unacceptable, , but hey your dropping sanctions worked out so well, Benrydahl deal worked great too

  2. The whole world is safer with Hamas, just ask Egypt that got tired of them killing their soldiers tore down houses on the border of Gaza, and erected a border fence….ISIS isn’t scary is it? Where are our leaders who had balls enough to stop evil when it began? Where is General Patton? Where is our military? How many Christians have to be executed until our leaders say it’s enough? What has happened to this country that use to stand for right and stand for Israel?

  3. Obama is the Hawaiian Neville Chamberlain. Obama appeases nuclear-bomb-seeking Iran at the expense of the security and future survival of seven million Jews, who can finally call Israel home. While thousands of Christians are being raped and butchered in the Middle East, Obama’s answer is a grammar school-level lecture about the violence of Christian crusaders a thousand years ago in order to appease the Islamic extremists conducting the most heinous acts of barbarism against religious minorities. While antisemitism, desguised as anti-Israel sentiment, is on the rise in Europe, Asia, South America and campuses across America, Obama snubs the Prime Minister of Israel’s visit to Washington in order to appease Middle Eastern dictators, repressive regimes and some of America’s most dangerous enemies, all bent on destroying, not only Israel, but the United States and the West. If Obama refuses to call Islamic terrorism by its name, then I refuse to call Obama by the names he deserves, (such as diplomatic dimwit, White House dupe, or Irresponsible in Chief). Instead, I’ll simply call him the Hawaiian Neville Chamberlain.

  4. RevManuel Chacon
    :his is why……When you read this you will understand why Obama refuses to say the words “radical Islam.”.. This checked out with Google and Snopes… Did you know that we now have a Muslim government? John Brennan, current head of CIA converted to Islam while stationed in Saudi Arabia. Obama’s top advisor, Valerie Jarrett, is a Muslim who was born in Iran where her parents still live. Hillary Clinton’s top advisor, Huma Abedin is a Muslim, whose mother and brother are involved in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, Arif Aikhan, is a Muslim. Homeland Security Advisor, Mohammed Elibiary, is a Muslim. Obama advisor and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam al-Marayati, is a Muslim. Obama’s Sharia Czar, Imam Mohamed Magid, of the Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim. Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, Eboo Patel, is a Muslim. And last but not least, our closet Muslim himself, Barack Hussein Obama. It’s questionable if Obama ever officially took the oath of office when he was sworn in. He didn’t repeat the oath properly to defend our nation and our Constitution. Later the Democrats claimed he was given the oath again in private? CIA director John Brennan took his oath on a copy of the Constitution, not a Bible. Congressman, Keith Ellison took his oath on a copy of the Qur’an. Congresswoman Michele Bachman was vilified and almost tarred and feathered by Democrats when she voiced her concern about Muslims taking over our government. Considering all these appointments, it would explain why Obama and his minions are systematically destroying our nation, supporting radical Muslim groups worldwide, opening our southern border, and turning a blind eye to the genocide being perpetrated on Christians all over Africa and the Middle East. The more damage Obama does, the more arrogant he’s become! Our nation and our government has been infiltrated by people who want to destroy us. It can get worse or better depending on ” we the people”. Its up to us to prevent Marshal Law before the next election. Feel free to press on comment, copy and share

  5. בימינו אלה של לקראת תענית אסתר וימי פורים השמחים יש לנו המן חדש זה שאז רצהלהשמיד את העם היהודי הנה לנו אובמה הרשע בימינו תחשבו על זה חברים פורים שמח לכם

  6. obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu 2 different men, both chosen by GOD for 2 very different reasons. Daniel 2:20,21. Teqiyya is the art of lying and deceit. obama is taking us to the end time prophesies. Mr. Netanyahu is a man after GOD’s own heart, full of GOD given wisdom and love for GOD’s people.

  7. Sanctions to Iran is like Iran buying time policy to increase its nuclear weapons power and not limitations to it. Of course "freedom of speech" is a right to any one and Iran should have that right too, nobody is taking it away, but would Iran speech be of its nuclear power advantages toward destroying the only democratic people in the Middle East such as is Israel or Iran's speech would let us understand how to prevent a nuclear war led by itself, or its speech will be orchestrated by the Obama's administration on favor to sanction Iran one more time so its advance nuclear plan can be secure by a year of preparation, but presented to us, American people as another sanction to Iran. We already had see that the more sanctions toward Iran the more it reach its goals to create a nuclear war. Or would Iran's speech be to instruct us how to dismantle and fight against ISIS, which Iran fund in favor of the Islamic Jihad war against the nations? Yes, Iran is welcome to present its speech to our Congress as well. If so important for Iran to defend itself through speech, then, why Obama didn't orchestrated in advance and before PM Netanyahu's speech to the Congress?

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