During a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama firmly defended the recently-finalized nuclear deal with Iran, and challenged those who criticized it.
“Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it's resolved through force, through war,” he said. “Those are the options."
The news conference came one day after the U.S., along with five other world powers, came to a final agreement on a nuclear deal to stall Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Many have criticized the deal since the finalization was announced, including prominent Congressional Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called it a "historic mistake."
"We will reserve our right to defend ourselves against all of our enemies," Netanyahu said in response to the deal.
During the press conference, CBS News reporter Major Garrett questioned the president on why he was “content” that American prisoners in Iran were not freed as part of the agreement.
“The notion that I am content, as I celebrate, with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails -- Major, that's nonsense, and you should know better,” President Obama responded.
“I've met with the families of some of those folks, and nobody's content," he said.
He added that while his administration was working “diligently” to free the prisoners, tying their freedom to the nuclear negotiations would have opened up the potential for Iran to use the prisoners as leverage.
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