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.