The Obama Administration has warned Iran that the U.S. is prepared to walk way from the negotiating table if a comprehensive nuclear agreement is not reached. With a legacy on the line, Obama proves determined to reach a comprehensive, quality final nuclear agreement, while ensuring that any deal meets the standards laid out in Lausanne earlier this year. Jordan Fabian of the Hill writes:
“I will walk away from the negotiations if, in fact, it is a bad deal,” Obama said.
“There is still some hard negotiating to be done” but expressed hope a final deal could be reached.
The president said his criteria in judging a deal will be if it cuts off Iran’s path to build a nuclear weapon and whether that could be verified by international inspectors. He said the framework agreement reached in April, “if implemented effectively and codified properly, would in fact achieve my goal.”
“If we can’t verify that, if the inspections regime is inadequate, then we’re not going to get a deal,” he said.
When asked if he considered the Iranian government trustworthy, the president instead stressed the importance of transparency and accountability under a nuclear deal, Politico reports:
“There are deep-seated disagreements and divisions between the United States and Iran and those aren’t going to go away overnight,” Obama said. “The goal of the nuclear negotiations is not to rely on trust but to set up a verifiable mechanism where we are cutting off the pathways for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
The deadline for a final agreement has been extended to July 7.