President Obama: 'Iran Has Not Advanced Its Nuclear Program'

| by Edward Arnold
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President Obama hasn't forgotten about Iran. Amidst an uprising of a domestic agenda, the President reminds us his foreign policies are worth talking about too.

In an interview with NPR, the President sat down to talk about a variety of issues, one being the status of Iran and if he plans on liberating Iran like he plans to with Cuba.

“If we can get a deal on making sure that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon — and that deal is possible; we know the terms of what that would look like,” he said. “If we can take that big first step, then my hope would be that that would serve as the basis for us trying to improve relations over time.”

As for a U.S. Embassy in Tehran, the president didn't rule it out, acknowledging that a deal on their nuclear program would have to be met first.

Talks have continued to bring “useful” progress, State Department spokeswomen Jen Psaki said at a press conference last week.

The P5+1 meetings in Geneva that occurred on Dec. 15 and 16 continued the dialogue between Iran and the great powers trying to prevent Iran's acquisition of a nuclear bomb. The U.S., U.K., China, Germany, France and Russia have applied intensive sanctions against Iran that will continue for seven more months.

“I mean, there's a reason why we've been able to get this far in the negotiations,” Obama continued. “We mobilized the international community at the start of my presidency — a classic example of American leadership.”

His approach has been diplomatic engagement. Talks have not solved the problem in the short run, but as they continue, progress can be made that leaves both parties in a better world.

The president made sure to reaffirm what he has done.

“So, when I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver's seat. Now the world's united because of the actions we've taken, and Iran's the one that's isolated,” he said.

Before his Presidency, Iran was well on its way to achieving the tools necessary to make a nuclear weapon.

Now, he says to CNN's Candy Crowley, “you look at an example like Iran, over the last year and a half, since we began negotiations with them, that's probably the first year and a half in which Iran has not advanced its nuclear program in the last decade.”

Source: NPR, State Department, CNN / Photo Credit: NPR/Kainaz Amaria, Wikimedia Commons