President Obama Defends Deal With Iran

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran nuclear deal is reached. After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, diplomats Tuesday declared that world powers and Iran had struck a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

(AP) – President Barack Obama is defending his high-stakes nuclear accord with Iran as a sign of American leadership that will make the world safer.

And he says that critics of the plan should consider the alternatives.

Without the deal, he says, the world risks “even more war in the Middle East,” increases the chances of an arms race, and leaves open the possibility that Iran could come closer to having a nuclear weapon.

Obama spoke during an East Room news conference.

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