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Barack Obama says historic agreement with Iran meets core objectives


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Sabrina Siddiqui in New York and Paul Lewis in Washington


Friday 3 April 2015 08.20 BST




Barack Obama has praised a “historic agreement” over Iran’s nuclear programme, shortly after a tentative framework was announced that would lift international sanctions on Iran in exchange for new limits on Iran’s nuclear capabilities.


In remarks delivered from the Rose Garden at the White House, a defiant Obama characterised the deal as “the best option so far” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. But Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu was fiercely critical, telling Obama that his country “vehemently opposes” the deal.


“This has been a long time coming,” Obama said. “It is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives … If this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer.”


The framework, the culmination of marathon talks between world leaders in Lausanne, provides the basis for a more comprehensive nuclear agreement that is to be reached by 30 June.


Obama acknowledged the work was far from complete and that there would be “a robust debate in the weeks and months to come”. But he emphasised the need to resolve the matter through diplomacy, and said that pulling out now would risk another military conflict in the Middle East.


“If we can get this done, and Iran follows through on the framework that our negotiators agreed to, we will be able to resolve one of the greatest threats to our security, and to do so peacefully,” Obama said.


Under the tentative agreement, restrictions will be placed on Iran’s enrichment of nuclear material so that it cannot lead to atomic weapons. In return, the US and European Union will terminate all nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran once the UN nuclear agency confirms that Iran has complied.


The White House said Obama spoke separately on Wednesday with François Hollande, Angela Merkel and David Cameron to discuss the framework. The leaders agreed that while nothing is final, the framework represents “significant progress”, the White House said.


Back home, Obama faces mounting opposition from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, particularly Republicans who control both chambers of Congress. In recent months, the GOP has sought to undermine the talks while positioning itself as a close ally of Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu – who has been at loggerheads with Obama over US efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran’s.


Obama phoned Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the nuclear agreement, according to the White House. In a statement, a spokesperson said that the Obama emphasised that the US “remains steadfast in [its] commitment to the security of Israel.”


Netanyahu told Obama that Israel “vehemently opposes” the framework deal. In a statement released after his conversation with the US president he said: “A deal that is based on this framework will threaten Israel’s existence ... The alternative is to stand firmly and increase pressure on Iran until a better deal is reached.” The Israeli PM is convening senior ministers on Friday to discuss the deal.


During his speech, Obama took a thinly veiled shot at Republicans over a letter 47 of their senators sent to the Iranian leadership warning that any deal could be overturned by Congress or a future president.


“This is not simply a deal between my administration and Iran,” Obama said. “The issues at stake are bigger than politics,” Obama said. “These are matters of war and peace.”


Obama also addressed criticism that concessions have largely been one-sided, favouring only Iran.


“Iran is not going to simply dismantle its programme because we demand it to do so. That’s not how the world works, and that’s not what history shows us,” Obama said, adding that if the US rejected what “the majority of the world considers a fair deal”, it would be doubtful that the country could even keep in place its current international sanctions.


In a further nod to his sceptics, Obama pointed out that Iran will face “the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear programme in history”.


“If Iran cheats, the world will know it,” he said. “This deal is not based on trust. It’s based on unprecedented verification.”


Amid criticism that his administration has not adequately engaged US lawmakers on the negotiations, Obama said he planned to speak with congressional leaders and would welcome cooperation from Congress. But he implored legislators to act in the interest of national security, and not politics.


“If Congress kills this deal, not based on expert analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it is the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy,” Obama said. “International unity will collapse and the path to conflict will widen.”


Republicans showed little interest in heeding Obama’s call, offering swift criticism of the framework and signalling a battle ahead.


“The parameters for a final deal represent an alarming departure from the White House’s initial goals,” John Boehner, the House speaker, said in a statement. “My longtime concerns about the parameters of this potential agreement remain, but my immediate concern is the administration signalling it will provide near-term sanctions relief. Congress must be allowed to fully review the details of any agreement before any sanctions are lifted.”


Boehner, who recently led a GOP delegation to the Middle East to meet with allies in the region, added that “it would be naive to suggest the Iranian regime will not continue to use its nuclear programme, and any economic relief, to further destabilise the region.”


Democrats also remained circumspect of the deal but reserved judgment pending further review of the details.


Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, said he had spoken with Obama and was “cautiously optimistic” about the framework.


“We must always remain vigilant about preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon but there is no question that a diplomatic solution is vastly preferable to the alternatives,” Reid said in a statement. “Now is the time for thoughtful consideration, not rash action that could undermine the prospects for success.”

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How is allowing Iran to keep "all" of their facilities open with no spot checks allowed without ample notice a good thing? Mark my words...if we don't don't do something then Isreal will be forced to act against thief sworn enemy. Remember it's Iran that has stated they want to wipe Isreal off the map...but thankfully Isreal has leadership with guts who will do what is necessary to protect their nation! Personally I think it's insane to believe one thing Iran says and there will be a very heavy price to pay if we look the other way in this situation...just sayin'!!!

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..."if Iran follows through on the framework"....


House of cards, a whole lotta nothin'...  


he just wants to keep this thing alive until he's out so he can claim a victory for his invisible 'legacy'...

...hence his terming it a "historic agreement".... It's nothing of the kind.  <_< 


And Iran WILL draw this thing out, cheating and lying all the way, just like before.

hobummer is actually counting on that.


This thing is SO weak, it's pathetic.  <_<

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Either Obama is totally ignorant and completely insane to the point where he should be stripped of all power and position and locked in a padded room or he is purposely using the full power and position of the Presidency of the United States to aid in the establishing of a global Islamic state.  

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Either Obama is totally ignorant and completely insane to the point where he should be stripped of all power and position and locked in a padded room or he is purposely using the full power and position of the Presidency of the United States to aid in the establishing of a global Islamic state.  

That second thing!

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Yes, he is indeed a totally deranged jihadi puppet.  But what can you expect from a feckless stoner who was taught in his left wing brain washing colleges that Neville Chamberlin, Orwell's "1984," and Benedict Arnold were role models rather than cautionary tales of reprehensible failure.


The real racists in this country are the ones who voted for him because he pretends to be black, and ignore (and even defend) his warped anti-American views, words, and actions.  The color of one's skin ought not to excuse adherence to law, basic competence, and decent social and political conduct.  But to excuse constant and total departure from any and all standards because of the color of his skin is the worst nonviolent degradation of any group I can imagine.  They (the main stream media and the rigidly PC folks) are saying that because he is black no one should expect him to live up to any standards of conduct whatsoever.  The "politically correct racists" in our country are in fact dooming the future political aspirations of all blacks.



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It is clearly evident to all - based on his own behaviour - wherein lies his allegiance...




Awarded a bogus "Peace Prize" before he was exposed to be an ignorant, inept, calculating thief & liar because

his slave masters knew he would be an epic fail when outed and never earn it honestly nor rightfully​.  


.....peace prize.... right.... more like:   PUTTING  LIPSTICK  ON  THEIR  PIG.     <_< 

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You know I originally got in this investment because of my faith in the rise of Babylon. While it's not happen yet we are surely headed in that direction. R&S I'm afraid that you may be right about Israel , God's chosen people are not going to be annihilated. The way I see it O is really F....... this whole thing up and maybe that's God's plan after-all, as a Christian God allows us to see things that others can't. Really it is amazing that this debenture has allowed us a front row seat  of what has already been written and now all we have to do is watch it play out.  :angel:

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When the government ceases to function as The People command, all is lost.


How many times of late have you seen the things We The People voted for go un-heeded and dismissed as


a dictator whips out his pen and violates US -- again and again:angry:


If we fail to stop him and his evil machine, it's on US.

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Absolutely right MIT...


he is off the chain, running loose and wildly implementing his masters' take-over on the grand scale they

have been planning for ....


How we are ever going to be able to undo this massive damage to Liberty & Freedom is an ominous task for

those of US who still believe in both.


he will surely go down in history as one of the most evil villains to ever come upon the world.


his legacy will be:    the demon who rained down the undoing of God-given Rights of Man.

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So why isn't anyone in higher government being able to stop him.   Why is he being allowed to take down America?  If we can see this happening Im assuming they can as well.  Are we that powerless as a nation?

Because people in America have become some of the most complacent people in the world. Unless it effects them directly they will turn a blind eye to what is going on. They will complain, because that is what they like to do, but otherwise they will set on their hands when it is time to do something about it.

There is one saying that holds true. Keep the masses entertained and you can keep their eyes off of what you are doing.

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So why isn't anyone in higher government being able to stop him.   Why is he being allowed to take down America?  If we can see this happening Im assuming they can as well.  Are we that powerless as a nation?


One must realize, that any time a pattern of actions continue

unabated, unchallenged, over a period of time, this *should* denote

an AGENDA, in this case, a purposeful goal supported by a majority

within Washington. To view this long term pattern, going back at least

50 years, as being any thing other than AGENDA, it becomes political

blindness, unwilling to admit BOTH parties have been complicit to the

point of what we see happening, especially, since 2001.


Unless we begin to admit what this pattern reveals, we will continue to 

ignore the problem. Many politicians appear to 'disagree' with certain

actions that have taken place, but the lack of honest effort to cease the

actions they so often disagree with leaves us with only 2 possibilities, and

neither is comforting...either it is a purposeful attempt by the majority to

harm this country and its citizens, or at the very least, those who are in

Washington are posers, they are illegal representatives of the people,

who are taking their orders from outside of the beltway.


Both conclusions are destructive, but we have been on this course for many

years, and it should be no surprise as to where we are at presently within

this country. If it is a surprise, then few were paying attention...exactly how

these posers play the game, misdirection via media and other means, getting

focus away from the real news and agenda, so those playing the role can

further their goals. Both parties are guilty, and are no longer relevant.


They will use the tactics that have worked for ages...false flag operations, murder

and events that keep focus away from their own devious ways. To deny this happens,

is to remain blind.

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Right on Jim, it's all just Kabuki to keep American sheeple divided and unaware of their true agenda= total fleecing and subjugation of the American people. It isn't just Obama, he's just the sock-puppet center stage...still cracks me how people still think he's pulling all the strings and get all bent out shape every time they hear his name mentioned. Think Big banks, Fed, Goldman-Sachs, MIC and you are on the right trail...politicians are merely the tools that these groups use to keep Americans fighting over weekly scandals without actually realizing how badly they and their future progeny are being screwed. FOLLOW THE MONEY FOLKS!!!!!!!!

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