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Can You Believe Anything Obama Says?

Late Saturday night at the White House, Obama pronounced that a tentative agreement with Iran will “cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”

“While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal,” Mr. Obama said. “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 stockpile. Iran cannot use its next-generation centrifuges—which are used for enriching uranium.”

Obama said the U.S. and its partners would not agree to any new sanctions that would disrupt the agreement.

For Obama, the Iranian nuclear agreement he wants now needs him to prevent “hard-liners” ( i.e. Republicans) on Capitol Hill and many anxious allies abroad, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, other Persian Gulf states, and France.

“Ultimately only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution,” Obama said. “Now is not the time to move forward on new sanctions – 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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