Obama hails deal on Iran nuclear program

President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden on his side, delivers remarks Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama spoke highly of a new deal reached with Iran to curb its nuclear program. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Diplomats of several world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions.

The deal was hailed by many, including President Barack Obama and key negotiator U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Today, after two years of negotiation, the United States, together with the international community, has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said in an early morning speech from the White House.

He continued: “Because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.”

Not all agree, however. The deal had its critics before the agreement was finalized or details of the pact had emerged.

When announcing his candidacy for president on Monday, Republican hopeful Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would “terminate” the Iran deal on his hypothetical first day in office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a staunch opponent of Iran, said the agreement is a “historic mistake,” taking to Twitter to voice his displeasure.

“When willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result,” he tweeted.

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