Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - In an interview, the president kept stressing one argument: Don't judge me on whether this deal transforms Iran, ends Iran's aggressive behavior toward some of its Arab neighbors or leads to detente between Shiites and Sunnis. Judge me on one thing: Does this deal prevent Iran from breaking out with a nuclear weapon for the next 10 years and is that a better outcome for America, Israel and our Arab allies than any other alternative on the table? The president added: "I'm prepared to go further than any other administration's gone before in terms of providing [Israel] additional security assurances from the United States. The thing I want to emphasize is that people's concerns here are legitimate. Hizbullah has tens of thousands of missiles that are pointed toward Israel. They are becoming more sophisticated. The interdiction of those weapon flows has not been as successful as it needs to be....They're not just being paranoid. Iran is acting in an unconstructive way, in a dangerous way."

2015-07-15 00:00:00

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