Obama calls Gulf leaders over Iran nuclear deal

Obama invited the leaders of the GCC to meet with him at Camp David this spring to discuss the tentative deal

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U.S. President Barack Obama spoke on Friday with the leaders of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to share details on the framework agreement reached with Iran, the White House said in a statement, according to Reuters news agency.

Obama also invited the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council to meet with him at Camp David this spring to discuss the tentative deal.

On Thursday, Iran and the P5+1 reached what Obama called a “historic understanding” that, if followed, would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

Under the framework, Iran agreed to sharply curtail its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions that have crippled the country’s economy.

The main outlines agreed after eight days of talks that sometimes went through the night in the Swiss city of Lausanne now have to be finalized in a highly complex agreement by June 30.

Following the agreement, Obama had called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss the deal the United States and international negotiators reached with Iran.

During the phone call, King Salman said he hoped to reach a final deal and mandatory accord that would aid in developing regional and international security.

Obama assured Americans on Saturday that a newly negotiated framework for a nuclear pact with Iran was a "good deal" as he sought public support for a diplomatic breakthrough that many in Congress oppose.

A day after placing calls to top U.S. lawmakers to urge support for the agreement, Obama pressed his case that the deal would ensure Washington's longtime foe would not be able to build a nuclear weapon.

"It's a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives, including strict limitations on Iran's program and cutting off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address,broadcast on Saturday.

"This deal denies Iran the plutonium necessary to build a bomb. It shuts down Iran's path to a bomb using enriched uranium," he said.

[With Reuters]

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