President Barack Obama made another speech on Wednesday in a series of speeches aimed to persuade legislators to approve the nuclear deal with Iran.
His speech was aimed to promote high level diplomacy as an alternative to war. He reminded everyone that former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan had successful peacemaking initiatives during the Cold War and that rejecting the current agreement with Iran would only mean a path for Tehran’s creation of an atomic bomb.
According to Reuters, he said “alternatives to military actions will have been exhausted once we reject a hard-won diplomatic solution that the world almost unanimously supports.” He also added “Let’s not mince words. The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some form of war. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon.”
The deal has come under attacks by Israeli government and Republican efforts to reject the deal in Congress. Congress has until the 17th of September to vote on the deal and if rejected Obama has vowed to veto it. The deal enjoys the support of most of Democrat legislators; however Republicans are eager to kill the deal because they think it does not provide a strong guarantee that Iran will be prevented from ever creating a nuclear bomb. According to Reuters House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reminded of Israeli Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s statement in front of Congress in March and said “that the alternative to President Obama’s bad deal with Iran is not war. The alternative is a better deal.” However Obama dismissed the critics and stated “That is repeated over and over again. ‘It’s a bad deal – we need a better deal.’ Walking away from this agreement, and you will get a better deal – for Iran.”
Speaking in front of the American University, Obama said that the deal must be considered part of America’s tradition of diplomacy referencing to Kennedy who also spoke in front of the American University in 1963 for a nuclear weapons deal with the Soviet Union. According to Reuters, he said “The agreement now reached between the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran builds on this tradition of strong, principled diplomacy.” He also said the deal is “the strongest non-proliferation agreement ever negotiated.”
In regards to Israeli government protest of the deal and after Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a statement that the deal is critical for the security of Israel, Obama said “I do not doubt his sincerity, but I believe he is wrong.” The U.S. administration is to enhance the security funding to Israel.
The historic agreement was signed in Vienna on the 14th of July between Iran, the United States, the United Nations, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia and China and lifts economic sanctions on Iran imposed by the U.N. in exchange for curbing their nuclear program and constant inspections.