Time: 6:57 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama praised American diplomacy in a statement delivered from the White House on Sunday after yesterday’s ‘implementation day’ of Iran’s nuclear agreement and curbing of most of the international sanctions for Iran. Obama assured the nation, the region that the world will be more secure without a chance Iran to have a nuclear bomb.
Considering the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear stockpiles, reactors and centrifuges, which were discussed in the agreement, Obama said that “Iran fulfill key agreements under the nuclear deal.” But Obama addressed the issue with caution and said that, “If Iran tries to cheat, if Iran tries to build a bomb covertly, we would catch them.”
Obama addressed domestic critics assuring the importance of the nuclear deal focus is on preventing Iran to rush with the building of a nuclear bomb. “While Iran was steadily expanding its nuclear program, we now cut off every single path that Iran could have used to build a bomb,” Obama said.
The key aspect of the agreement was to increase the necessary time for Iran to build a bomb. “If would have taken Iran two to three months to break out with enough material to rush to a bomb, we now extended that time to a year, and with the world unprecedented inspections to Iran program, we would know if he tries to break out,” Obama explained in a statement.
Because of this deal, Iran released several Americans “unjustly held” as President Obama defined. As three of five released Americans arrived home, President Obama named each of them by its name and said there are reunited with their families. The Washington Post’s reporter Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeid Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosravi has been released on Saturday.
Obama addressed the issue with the released sailors, but revealed details on the sideline diplomatic talks with Iran to release detained. “On the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, out diplomats at the highest level, including Secretary (John) Kerry used every meaning to push Iran to release our Americans. I did so myself with the conversation with President Rouhani. After the Nuclear Deal was agreed, the conversation between our two governments accelerated,” Obama said.
However, the release of five Americans prompted one time action from the United States when the U.S. agree to release Iranians serving sentences or awaiting a trial.
“In a reciprocal humanitarian gesture, six Iranian-Americans and one Iranian serving sentences or awaiting trial in the United States are being granted clemency, those individuals were not charged with terrorism or violent offenses, their release is a one-time gesture to Iran giving the unique opportunity by this moment,” Obama said. Meanwhile, “Iran has agreed to deepen our coordination, as we work to locate Robert Levinson, missing in Iran for more than eight years,” Obama added.
The U.S. took steps to remove 400 Iranians and others from its sanctions list, where 200 people will remain on it because of the other reasons, including human rights violations, involvement in war in Syria, Yemen or ties to the missile program. “We save our sanctions on Iran for violation on the human rights, support of terrorism and for its ballistic missile program and we will continue to enforce these sanctions vigorously. Iran’s recent missile test was a violation of its international obligations,” Obama explained.
Resolving Financial Dispute
Over the weekend, the U.S. settled a long-standing financial dispute with Iran, dated from 1981. “Iran would be return its own funds, including appropriate interest, but much less than Iran sought,” Obama said.
Under the new rules, Iran could access about $50 billion of a reported $100 billion from abroad. The United States will no longer sanction foreign individuals or firms for buying oil and gas from Iran. The trade embargo remains in place, but the U.S. will allow certain activities tied to selling or purchasing food, carpets American commercial aircraft and parts.