Obama says Iran path to nuke weapon cut off

Obama says Iran path to nuke weapon cut off

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off for Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna.

Obama spoke from the White House this morning after the deal was announced. He addressed skeptics of the agreement saying, "This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification."

He says the nuclear agreement with Iran ensures that Iran "will not develop a nuclear weapon." Iran's compliance will be verified by inspections.

Obama said the deal is not built on trust, but instead on verification.

Fellow Democrats are expressing skepticism about the landmark Iranian nuclear deal the U.S. and its partners reached with Tehran. Many Republicans, as expected, are vehemently opposed to the agreement.

Under the historic deal announced on Tuesday, Iran's nuclear program would be curtailed in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. The agreement aims to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

After receiving a copy of the agreement, lawmakers will have 60 days to review it, vote yea or nay - or take no action. Obama says he'll veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of the deal.

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