President Obama delivered remarks in the White House this morning on the nuclear deal with Iran and the release of four American prisoners yesterday.
The president repeatedly touted both as a victory for “strong American diplomacy,” saying that opening avenues of communication with Iran has led to unprecedented dialogue and cooperation.
Obama explained that Iran has “fulfilled key commitment” under the deal, including removing two-thirds of their centrifuges, getting rid of 98 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium, and allowing “unprecedented access inspections.”
He said that this was a success “through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East.” The president brought up the seizure of U.S. sailors “that could have sparked a major international incident” before addressing the release of four Americans held in Iran for many months.
Obama also mentioned the resolution of a “financial dispute that dated back more than three decades” with Iran before acknowledging that there are still “profound differences” between the two nations.
But as he concluded, this deal shows “what we can achieve when we lead with strength and wisdom.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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