Iran nuclear program
The president said the historic deal is the only way to avert a war with Iran and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Western sanctions against Iran didn’t force the country to the negotiating table for their nuclear program ambitions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his speech to the U.S. Congress offered a “practical alternative” to a possible Iranian nuclear deal, while opinion polls showed his party received a slight bump following his address ahead of the country’s March 17 election.
Iran’s supreme leader has said the United States cannot be trusted to lift sanctions in a future nuclear deal and that Tehran should instead develop an “economy of resistance.”
Iranian airstrikes were conducted against ISIS militants in Iraq over the past week, showing Tehran’s growing military role against the Sunni extremists, and exposing that the U.S. and Iran have a common goal despite no acknowledgement of an alliance from either country.
Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.
The Democratic-led Senate will only give President Barack Obama until next month before pressing ahead with new Iran sanctions.