US President Barack Obama said that the agreement signed last week in Lausanne is the best way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
“There is no formula to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that will be more effective than the diplomatic initiative and framework that we put forward,” TASS cited him.
The sanctions against Iran will be lifted only after it has completed its obligations. “There are still details to be worked out, but I think that the basic framework calls for Iran to take the steps that it needs to around Fordo, the centrifuges and so forth. At that point, then the U.N. sanctions are suspended,” the head of the White House said.
The United States, as Obama said, “retains the capability of reimposing the sanctions if Iran ever breaches the deal.” Also, according to the US President, the restrictions imposed on Iran for other reasons, particularly for their support of terrorism, will not be cancelled yet.
Obama warned that mistrust between the US and Iran will not be rapidly overcome. “Anti-American, anti-Israel rhetoric is deeply disturbing. There are deep trends in the country that are contrary to not only our own national security interests and views but those of our allies and friends in the region. However, we’ve also seen a practical streak to the Iranian regime. I think the election of [President Hassan] Rouhani indicated that there was an appetite among the Iranian people for a rejoining with the international community, an emphasis on the economy and the desire to link up with the global economy,” the US President said. He also noted that he had never talked with the spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, however, he had received letters from him.