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Statement by President Obama on First Step Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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Statement By The President On First Step Agreement On Iran’s Nuclear Program

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States — together with our close allies and partners — took an important first step toward a comprehensive solution that addresses our concerns with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program.

Since I took office, I’ve made clear my determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. As I’ve said many times, my strong preference is to resolve this issue peacefully, and we’ve extended the hand of diplomacy. Yet for many years, Iran has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community. So my administration worked with Congress, the United Nations Security Council and countries around the world to impose unprecedented sanctions on the Iranian government.

These sanctions have had a substantial impact on the Iranian economy, and with the election of a new Iranian President earlier this year, an opening for diplomacy emerged. I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister. And we have pursued intensive diplomacy — bilaterally with the Iranians, and together with our P5-plus-1 partners — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China, as well as the European Union.

Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure — a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.

While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, and key parts of the program will be rolled back. Iran has committed to halting certain levels of enrichment and neutralizing part of its stockpiles. Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges, which are used for enriching uranium. Iran cannot install or start up new centrifuges, and its production of centrifuges will be limited. Iran will halt work at its plutonium reactor. And new inspections will provide extensive access to Iran’s nuclear facilities and allow the international community to verify whether Iran is keeping its commitments.

These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb. Meanwhile, this first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the Iranian program. And because of this agreement, Iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program.

On our side, the United States and our friends and allies have agreed to provide Iran with modest relief, while continuing to apply our toughest sanctions. We will refrain from imposing new sanctions, and we will allow the Iranian government access to a portion of the revenue that they have been denied through sanctions. But the broader architecture of sanctions will remain in place and we will continue to enforce them vigorously. And if Iran does not fully meet its commitments during this six-month phase, we will turn off the relief and ratchet up the pressure.

Over the next six months, we will work to negotiate a comprehensive solution. We approach these negotiations with a basic understanding: Iran, like any nation, should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy. But because of its record of violating its obligations, Iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear program that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon.

In these negotiations, nothing will be agreed to unless everything is agreed to. The burden is on Iran to prove to the world that its nuclear program will be exclusively for peaceful purposes.

If Iran seizes this opportunity, the Iranian people will benefit from rejoining the international community, and we can begin to chip away at the mistrust between our two nations. This would provide Iran with a dignified path to forge a new beginning with the wider world based on mutual respect. If, on the other hand, Iran refuses, it will face growing pressure and isolation.

Over the last few years, Congress has been a key partner in imposing sanctions on the Iranian government, and that bipartisan effort made possible the progress that was achieved today. Going forward, we will continue to work closely with Congress. However, now is not the time to move forward on new sanctions -– because doing so would derail this promising first step, alienate us from our allies and risk unraveling the coalition that enabled our sanctions to be enforced in the first place.

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9 Responses to “Statement by President Obama on First Step Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program”

  1. Iran is determined to get its Nukes and Iran is determined to obliterate Israel ;Iran succeeded in pulling the wool over your eyes Mr President. thank you.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    Arab Obama submits to his arab brethren which was their plan when the arabs put him into office.

  3. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    The greatest tragedy & travesty of the millennium…..

  4. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    The greatest tragedy & travesty of the millennium…..

  5. Apolos Landa says:

    There is not greatest blindness than that of those that do not want to see, Mr President. Iran should first show clear signs of halting its path towards nukes and its rethoric towards its use in exterminion before any relief in the sanctions. What you led the other five nations to do is colluding altogether with a new holocaust attempt.

  6. Jay Sprueill says:

    If Netanyahu was a bible believing person he would know that Israel can bomb IRAN and GOD will have thier back. END OF STORY

  7. It is hard to belive Obama, he is a big lier, now the US Coongress has to enforce the sanctions to Iran, the worst is that Netanyahu has believed Obama, he is to naive, now negotiations with Iran, it would be the same Israel with the Palestinians, is crazy.

  8. It is hard to believe Obama, he is a big lier, negotiations with Iran in the next 6 months, this we heard the same with Israel and Palestinians, oi vey! the US Congress has to increase the sanctions to Iran.

  9. USA is putting itself in a problem. The day Almighty God answers to Israel's cry. U.S. will look for Israel and it will no longer be there.

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