The deal states that Iran will maintain its nuclear program at civilian levels, while world powers will terminate years of sanctions against Tehran.
Khamenei said Iran’s direct talks with Washington were limited to the nuclear issue and that there can’t be any dialogue or deal with the US over other issues.
He said the deal to end development of nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting economic sanctions is an exception to Iran’s usual dealings with the United States.
While President Barack Obama has cast the vote on the proposed deal as a choice between diplomacy and war, Kerry’s comments reflect a fear that rejecting the agreement would leave the US isolated, in the dark about Iran’s actions and without options.
The campaign will launch this week with a 30-second TV advertisement highlighting the unprecedented inspections and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear and military sites under the agreement, along with more broadcast and print ads over the next 60 days.
The Prime Minister said the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran that was signed this week in Vienna does not represent an alignment with Iran. “Now we’ve taken Iran away from a nuclear weapon, but said, “of course it’s acceptable to develop civil nuclear energy”.
Well acquainted with the criticisms heaped on the deal by U.S. republicans and Israel within 24 hours, the President chose the occasion to counter them strongly, saying the detractors of the deal never provided any feasible alternative.
Obama is willing to lift sanctions in spite of the fact that Iran is holding American hostages in it jails; threatening to annihilate Israel; and sponsoring Hezbollah and Hamas.
Finally, Sunni Arab nations are going to feel threatened by this deal and are going to try to get a nuke of their own.
The aim of the negotiations was on ensuring that “Iran could not get a nuclear weapon”.
Full diplomatic relations with Iran were suspended after a mob invaded the British embassy in 2011, but former foreign secretary William Hague past year announced plans to reopen it following improvements in bilateral relations. Yet Republicans are more likely to support the Iran deal (28%) than Democrats are to oppose (13%), and independents are narrowly in favor (38-31%) with 31% undecided.
Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional hearing last week: “Under no circumstances should we relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking”.