What Obama said on Iran: 'This deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification'

The president echoed Ronald Reagan when addressing the public this morning about the deal several Western countries struck with Iran.

President Barack Obama told the country this morning that after two years of negotiations, a handful of nations have made a deal with Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The president tried to dispel the talking point that the international community will not have sufficient inspection rights to hold Iran to its side of the deal.

"We will, for the first time, be in a position to verify all of these commitments," he said. "That means this deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification."

Obama added, "If Iran violates the deal, all these sanctions will snap back into place, so there’s a very clear incentive for Iran to follow through, and there are very real consequences for a violation."

Congress now has two months to look through the deal between Iran and the US, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany before accepting or rejecting it. However, even if Obama overrides its veto, Congress would need a two-thirds majority in each house to override.

Speaker of the House John Boehner said he is "highly skeptical at best" of the deal on Tuesday morning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also commented that the accord is a "historic mistake."  

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