Obama remains against Iran’s threat to Israel
Obama hailed success of diplomacy but said he is still steadfast against Tehran’s threat to Israel and others in the region
President Barack Obama on Sunday heralded the implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, but said he is still steadfast against Tehran’s threat to Israel and others in the region.
Obama said world powers had cut off every path it had to a nuclear bomb and that a prisoner swap showed what was possible with diplomacy.
“This is a good day because once again we are seeing what’s possible through strong American diplomacy,” Obama said at the White House.
“These things are a reminder of what we can achieve when we lead with strength and with wisdom.”
The president said the United States still had profound differences with Iran and would continue to enforce sanctions against its ballistic missile program.
He said he was hopeful the events signaled an opportunity for Iran to work more cooperatively with the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, the United States is to repay Iran a $400 million debt and $1.3 billion in interest dating to the Islamic revolution, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
The repayment, arranged after an international legal tribunal, is separate from the tens of billions of dollars that Iran can now access after the end of nuclear sanctions.
(With Reuters, AFP)
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