Obama defends Iran nuke deal

Obama Face the NationBy The Iowa Statesman


According to The Wall Street Journal, President Obama said during a televised interview this weekend the U.S. and other world powers have offered Tehran “an extraordinarily reasonable” nuclear deal after efforts during the past week to move the negotiations forward and shore up support among Arab and European allies.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said an agreement would allow Iran to soon have “many, many nuclear bombs.”

Obama said in a televised interview that there is an “urgency” to reaching a framework agreement this month, after nearly two years of negotiations where the deadline has been extended twice. The talks have faced a torrent of criticism from Netanyahu as well as Republicans in Congress who, joined by some Democrats, want a say in approving the deal and fear it will not go far enough to curtail Iran’s ability to seek a nuclear weapon.