Obama said, "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress on Iran's nuclear program."
But, Mohammed Zarif – Iran's foreign minister who cut the deal in Geneva – said the agreement enshrines Iran's nuclear capabilities by emphasizing "at two different points that there will be no solution without [the existence of] a nuclear enrichment program inside Iran."
Indeed, as reported by the World Tribune:
In a move that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, Western powers such as Britain, France, Germany and the United States would lift many of the sanctions imposed on Teheran over the last three years.
"The U.S. administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the president and the Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions," the agreement said.
"Comprehensively lift UN Security Council, multilateral and national nuclear-related sanctions, including steps on access in areas of trade, technology, finance, and energy, on a schedule to be agreed upon."
The reference to the UN resolutions above is significant, as on five separate occasions between 2008 and 2012 the Security Council adopted resolutionsdemanding Iran stop all enrichment. This agreement tossed all of that aside, pivots 180 degrees and legitimizes the planet's largest state sponsor of terrorism as a worthy new member in the Nuke Club.
Al Manar News, the Lebanese based network, hailed the Iranian "victory" as proof that the Iranian people successfully withstood the international "pressure" from the sanctions and UN demands. Further, Al Manar reports, "Zarif said that Tehran's right to peacefully enrich uranium is enshrined in the nuclear agreement with world powers."
So, is Iran's nuclear program "halted" – or, "enshrined." Hard to figure how it could be both.
"The deal," – the same one that Obama says halted Iran's nuclear program – specifically "allows Iran to continue its activities at the Arak, Fordow, and Natanz facilities," according to the Al Manar report and multiple other sources.
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