ADMINISTRATION’S NEGOTIATION WILL FACE TOUGH CONGRESSIONAL SCRUTINY
|| By FITSNEWS || The administration of U.S. president Barack Obama claims to have reached a “historic understanding” with Iran regarding the country’s controversial nuclear program.
“I am convinced if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, our world safer,” Obama said of the deal, negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
“If Iran cheats, the world will know,” Obama added.
What’s the “framework?”
According to Obama, Iran would agree to cut stockpiles of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent over the next decade-and-a-half – while reducing centrifuges over the next decade by more than two-thirds. Existing U.S. sanctions against Iran would remain in place pending approval of the agreement – which needs to get a “thumbs up” from both governments no later than June 30.
In addition to announcing the particulars of the agreement, Obama issued a stern warning to the “Republican-controlled” U.S. Congress – whom he referred to as “inevitable critics” of the deal.
“I will underscore that the issues at stake here are bigger than politics,” Obama said, speaking to Congress. “These are matters of war and peace.”
Obama also told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – a critic of the negotiations – that if he “is looking for the most effective way to ensure that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon, this is the best option.”
“Republicans” didn’t immediately criticize the framework, but they did indicate any final agreement would face congressional scrutiny to insure Iranian compliance.
“The American people, through their elected representatives, must have the opportunity to weigh in to ensure the deal truly can eliminate the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and hold the regime accountable,” U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said in a statement.
Hard to argue that …
What’s also hard to argue? The nebulous nature of the “framework.” In fact while Obama was gloating over the terms of the deal, Iran was underscoring its lack of satisfaction with the current agreement.
“We’re still some time away from reaching where we want to be,” Iran’s foreign minister said, according to Reuters.