Just days after Israel’s prime minister spoke to Congress on Capitol Hill and warned U.S. lawmakers about the dangers of making any nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama took to the airwaves on Sunday and said on CBS’s Face The Nation that the United States is prepared to walk away from nuclear talks with Iran if the United States cannot verify that they are not going to obtain a nuclear weapon.
President Obama explained that Iran has abided by the terms of the agreement over the past year and has not advanced their nuclear program.
“I think it’s fair to say that there is an urgency because we now have been negotiating for over a year. And the good news is that during this period Iran has abided by the terms of the agreement” Obama said.
“We know what’s happening on the ground in Iran. They have not advanced their nuclear program. So we’re not losing anything through these talks” Obama added.
Obama pointed out that the negotiations have reached the point where it’s no longer about technical issues, it’s about “political will” from Tehran.
“If there’s no deal then we walk away” Obama said before acknowledging that if Tehran cheats, there is still a breakout period that would allow for enough time to take action.
The Obama administration and five other world powers have established a March 24th deadline to reach an agreement with Tehran whose government leaders claim that they are only enriching plutonium for peaceful purposes with nuclear energy.
The United States is still willing to allow Tehran to enrich plutonium for “peaceful purposes” but is seeking to prevent the oil export nation from developing a nuclear infrastructure that includes building nuclear weapons which comes at a pivotal time when Israel is feeling more threatened from Iran’s growing influence in the region and remains on edge that it could potentially become the target of a nuclear attack.
“In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on March 3rd before U.S. lawmakers in Washington D.C.
Netanyahu said on Face the Nation that he is distrustful of dealing with Tehran.
“I do not trust inspections with totalitarian regimes” Netanyahu said in an interview on Face the Nation.
The Times of Israel is reporting today that Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the creation of a Palestinian state was no longer relevant in the current reality in the Middle East.
The Times of Israel cited a statement released on Sunday from the Likud party attributed to Netanyahu’s remarks.
“In the Mideast today, any evacuated territory will be overtaken by radical Islam and terror groups backed by Iran. Therefore, there will no withdrawals and no concessions. It’s just not relevant” the released statement read, attributing the remark to Netanyahu.