At around 7 Tuesday morning, President Obama made a statement to the American people on the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and Western powers.
The announcement came after non-stop negotiations and includes a compromise between the U.S. and Iran allowing inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites, which Iran rejected in previous discussions.
Iran has accepted a plan that would restore all sanctions in 65 days if it violates the terms of the agreement.
“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,” the President said from the White House, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.
“This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification,” he added, warning that he would veto any legislation from Congress to scuttle the deal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has already said the President will face an uphill battle convincing Congress to pass the deal.
“This is going to be a very hard sell for the administration,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about the likelihood of Congress signing off on the agreement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that an accord with Iran will allow it “to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Minister praised the work of all officials involved saying, “I believe this is a historic moment. Today could have been the end of hope, but now we are starting a new chapter of hope.”
According to diplomats involved in the talks, a United Nations arms embargo would remain in place for five years and UN missile sanctions would stay in place for eight years.