Obama hails deal as averting spread of nuclear arms

In a statement from the White House on the new nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama said that it had stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. DEBKAfile: The region is already well into a nuclear race as a result of Obama’s lax policy towards Iran. Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Obama listed the deal’s most important achievements: Without it, he said, Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile was sufficient to build 8-10 nuclear bombs. Uner the deal, Tehran has agreed to give up 98 percent of this stockpile. He stressed that every pathway for Iran to attain a bomb has been cut off for good and permanent verification measures put in place as a result of negotiations which the US conducted “from a position of strength.” The IAEA will have access for inspections “where and when necessary.” 
Iran must complete key nuclear steps before obtaining economic sanctions relief over a period of years. For violations, sanctions will snap back into place. Obama said he welcomed a robust debate in Congress on every detail of the accord, but would veto any legislation that prevents its implementation.  He pledged to continue efforts to enhance Israel’s security and the Gulf states against such threats as the Islamic State.

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