Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Built on Verification,’ Obama Says; Critics Emphasize Lack of Trust

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President Obama speaks about the landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement was signed in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (the five United Nations Security Council permanent members: United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom — plus Germany) and the European Union.

Critics believe Iran can still deceive while working to build a program that can build nuclear weapons. Critics also chastise the release of $2.8 billion in frozen Iranian funds, which they say can be used to fund state terrorism.

Iran has a record of developing covert uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Fordow.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran, because Iran continues to seek our destruction, we will always defend ourselves.”

Critics say the deal does not cut off the pathway for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, and in fact allows Iran the development of nuclear weapons in a decade.

Critics say the deal allows Iran to leave a vast infrastructure in place.

Critics say the constraints that Iran under are temporary. In 10 years the major constraint regarding centrifuges is removed.

Critics say there is no linkage between Iran’s behavior and a removal of the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program.

Critics say the terrorist state, which only days ago was supporting anti-American sentiment and chanting “Death to America,” has no incentive to avoid state terrorism activities.

Critics say the terrorist state will be made richer by the release of frozen assets — money that could be applied immediately to ongoing state terrorism and support of proxy terrorist, and/or be applied to development of nuclear weapons in a decade.

Middle East analyst Aaron David Miller says the Iran nuclear deal is neither a historic catastrophe nor a historic transformation.

Now that a nuclear deal has been agreed upon, what’s next for the four Americans who are being detained in Iran?

President Obama address a question regarding the Americans held in Iran in the wake of the recent international nuclear agreement.

President Barack Obama said he hopes Congress will make a decision based on facts when it comes to Iran’s nuclear deal. CNN’s Jim Acosta reports.

President Obama defends the deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

Anderson Cooper speaks with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer about the impact of the nuclear deal with Iran, and the reaction of U.S. allies in the region.

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Today, the Twelver Shia branch of Islam is the official state religion. About 90% of Iranians are officially Shia Muslims. About 4% to 8% of Iranians are Sunni Muslims, mainly Kurds and Balochs.

Shia Muslims are the majority in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajkistan, and Krygyzstan.

Sunni Muslims are the majority in Iran, most of Africa, southeast Asia, Turkey and Iraq.

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