Today, the United States with our allies and partners reached an historic understanding with Iran on its nuclear program. The United States, its P5+1 and EU partners, and Iran have arrived at a consensus on the key parameters of an arrangement that -- once implemented -- will give the international community confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) April 2, 2015
Since taking office, President Obama has been crystal clear that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to our security and the security of our allies in the region. President Obama has been clear that the best and most effective way to prevent that threat is through diplomacy.
Today, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "We have said from the beginning that we will not accept just any deal -- that we will only accept a good deal. Today I can tell you: The political understanding we have reached is a solid foundation for the good deal we have sought."
Secretary Kerry continued, "It is the foundation for a deal that will see Iran reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent for 15 years. A deal in which Iran will cut its installed centrifuges by more than two-thirds for 10 years. A deal that will increase Iran’s breakout time – the time it would take for Iran to speed up its enrichment and produce enough fissile material for one nuclear weapon – to at least a year. That is as much as six times what it is today and what it has been for the past three years."
Both President and Obama and Secretary Kerry emphasized that the parameters of the agreement will be implemented in phases. "Some provisions will be in place for 10 years. Others will be in place for 15 years, and others for 25 years. But certain provisions -- including many transparency measures -- will be in place indefinitely into the future. They will never expire. The bottom line is that, under this arrangement, the international community will have confidence that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful."
"Second, this deal shuts down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium." —President Obama #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 2, 2015
The President and Secretary of State also underscored that "A final agreement will not rely on promises. It will rely on proof."
Secretary Kerry noted that "throughout history, diplomacy has been necessary to prevent and end wars, define international boundaries, design institutions, and develop global norms. Simply demanding that Iran capitulate may make for a nice sound bite -- but that’s all it is. It’s not a realistic plan." Today's political understanding opens the door to a long-term resolution to the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program. Secretary Kerry underscored, though, that we have "no illusions about the fact that we still have a ways to travel before we’ll arrive at the destination we seek."
Secretary Kerry noted that the United States remains deeply concerned about Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region and remains fully committed to addressing the full slate of issues we have with Iran. He said, "But it is because we are so concerned about these issues -- and about the region’s security -- that we believe this deal is so critical. The status quo with respect to Iran’s nuclear program is unacceptable." There is still a lot of work to do.
Secretary Kerry concluded, "We have agreed on the most challenging, overarching issues. Now there are a number of technical details that must still be resolved, and there, too, challenges will present themselves. As we continue on, the United States and our partners will exhibit the same vigilance, the same unity of purpose, the same comprehensive approach, and the same good faith that has brought us this far."
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