Obama to Make Major Speech on Iran Nuclear Pact

- VOA News,August 5, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama is planning a major speech Wednesday to argue for congressional and public support for the international accord to restrain Iran's nuclear program.

The president also is meeting with American Jewish leaders later Tuesday to promote the accord, which bars Iran from building an atomic weapon in exchange for lifting Western and U.N. sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. Israel and many Jewish leaders in the United States have criticized the nuclear accord.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who confirmed the president's plans, said Mr. Obama will discuss the key issues that explain why the accord deserves widespread support, and why Congress should back the international effort to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon through diplomacy.

No one else has put forth a legitimate option to curtailing Iran's nuclear program other than military action, Earnest said on Monday.

On Capitol Hill, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee emerged from a meeting with top intelligence officials Monday with doubts that the U.S. could effectively detect any effort by Iran to circumvent the terms of the landmark agreement reached last month in Vienna.

Asked whether the United States or the other major powers that negotiated the deal with Iran could detect any "cheating," Senator Bob Corker said: “No, I am not confident of that. I don’t think anybody could tell you that they are particularly confident about that."

Congress is roughly midway through a 60-day review of the pact and is expected to vote next month on whether to accept or reject it. Corker, a Republican, said that will be "a really tough decision," and he delined to predict the outcome of the vote.

奥巴马周三将就伊核协议发表重要讲话

- 美国之音,2015年8月5日

美国总统奥巴马计划周三发表重要讲话,要求国会和公众支持限制伊朗核计划的国际协议。

奥巴马总统周二晚些时候将会晤美国犹太领袖,推动伊核协议。协议禁止伊朗制造核武器,换取西方国家和联合国解除对伊朗俄经济制裁。以色列和美国许多犹太人领袖都对协议提出批评。

白宫发言人欧内斯特星期一证实了总统的计划,他说,奥巴马总统将会讨论关键问题,解释为什么伊核协议应该获得广泛支持,以及为什么国会应该支持国际社会通过外交手段阻止伊朗获取核武器的努力。

欧内斯特说,在限制伊朗核计划上,没有任何人提出过除军事手段以外的合理方法。

星期一,国会参议院外交委员会主席与高层情报官员会晤后,质疑美国是否能有效察觉伊朗不遵守上个月在维也纳达成的重要协议的企图。

当被问及美国和其他伊核谈判大国是否能察觉到伊朗的“欺骗行为”时,参议员鲍勃·考克说:“不,我对此没有信心。我不认为有任何人能说他们对此特别有信心。”

国会有60天时间审议伊核协议,预计下个月进行投票决定是否接受该协议。现在时间已经过半。共和党参议员考克说,这将是“一个十分艰难的决定”,他拒绝预测投票结果。