World Leaders Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal
Iran and six other major world powers signed a nuclear deal on Tuesday, bringing to a close more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could change the Middle East.
American President, Barack Obama hailed the move which he described as a step towards a ‘’more hopeful world’’. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the deal proved that ‘’constructive engagement can work’’
Despite the cheers, some world leaders were not very pleased with the signing of Iran’s nuclear deal. Israel’s Netanyahu described the move as a ‘’historic mistake’’ and pledged to do what it could in order to stop it.
The agreement signed by the nations involved in the talks now awaits to be debated in the US Congress and President Obama has hinted that he would veto any attempts to block it.
Obama pointed out that ‘’this deal offers an opportunity for moving towards a new direction and should be seized.’’
Signing of the deal is an implication that sanctions placed on Iran by the United States, European Union and United Nations will now be lifted. This is in return to the agreement by Iran to regulate its nuclear program which has for long been suspected by the West as a plan to create nuclear weapons.
In the deal, Iran will have to put on hold most of its centrifuges used in enriching uranium and sharply cutting down its low-enriched uranium stockpile.
In the wake of this deal, Obama and Rouhani now face skepticism from powerful hardliners at home in countries that refer to one another as ‘’the Great Satan’’ and a member of the ‘’Axis of Evil.’’
In a televised address, Rouhani said, ‘’Today is the end to acts of tyranny against our country and the beginning of cooperation with the rest of the world. It is a reciprocal agreement and if they stick to it, we will do the same. The Iranian nation has always honored its promises and treaties.’’
Obama on the other hand said, ‘’History reveals that America must lead not just with our might but with our principles. Today’s announcement marks one more chapter in our pursuit for a safer, more helpful world.’’
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on his part told reporters that the deal was about more than just the nuclear issue.
Washington’s friends in the region however, remain furious, especially Israel, whose prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has formed close ties with the Republicans in Congress. In a statement, he said, ‘’Iran will get a jackpot cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable the nation to continue its pursuit for aggression and terror across the region and the globe.’’
‘’Iran will receive a sure path to nuclear weapons,’’ he added.
Israeli deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovly denounced the Iran nuclear deal as ‘’an historic surrender’’ and hinted that Israel would ‘’act with all means to try and stop the ratification of the agreement.’’ This is a clear indication that it would try to influence the outcome of the agreement when tabled in Congress.
Although Saudi Arabia did not openly denounce the deal, its officials have reportedly expressed skepticism in private.