Secretary of State John Kerry, arguably the architect of the Iran nuclear deal finally settled Tuesday morning, detailed its parameters from Vienna.
“This agreement addresses Iran’s potential pathways to thistle material for a bomb exactly as we said it would,” Kerry declared, “with appropriate limitations and transparency in order to assure the world of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”
“Had we been willing to settle for a lesser deal, we would have finished these negotiations a long time ago,” he added. “We have been patience, and I believe our patience has paid off.”
Kerry and President Barack Obama consider the deal the best path toward limiting Iran’s nuclear enrichment, while critics charge it will only enable the regions state terror sponsor.
“The parameters that we [previously] announced not only remained intact and formed the backbone of the agreement we reached today, but through the detail they have been amplified in ways that make this agreement even stronger,” Kerry said.
“That includes the sizable reduction of Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium and the number of centrifuges it operates,” he added. “It also guarantees Iran’s breakout time — the time it would take for Iran to speed up its enrichment and produce enough material for just one nuclear weapon — that time will increase to at least one year for a period of at least ten years.”
“And contrary to the assertions of some, this agreement has no sunset. It doesn’t terminate.”
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