October 17, 2021

Gen. Hayden: Obama’s Deal Would Give Iran a Nuke Within a Year

Gen. Hayden: Obama’s Deal Would Give Iran a Nuke Within a YearGen. Hayden: Obama’s Deal Would Give Iran a Nuke Within a Year

Retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden was among many slamming the Obama administration’s framework for a nuclear deal with Iran on Thursday, telling Newsmax that it turns Tehran into an “industrial-strength nuclear state” that could have its own weapon within a year.

Gen. Hayden: Obama’s Deal Would Give Iran a Nuke Within a Year

“It took us 18 months to get to the outline of a framework and now we’re going to get to the fine print in what, three months? asked Hayden, who led both the CIA and the National Security Agency. “That shows you how difficult this is.

“We have just agreed that Iran will be an industrial-strength nuclear state and that it will never be any more than one year away from having a nuclear weapon,” he said.

The United States and other world powers reached a framework with Iran on Thursday that seeks to curb Tehran’s nuclear program for at least a decade. The plan comes after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland and is incumbent on a final deal being reached by June 30.

All sanctions against Iran would remain in place pending a final deal. They would only be suspended by the U.S., the United Nations, and the European Union after the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran’s compliance.

In a Rose Garden speech at the White House, President Barack Obama hailed the outline as “a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives.”

He compared it to nuclear arms-control agreements struck by Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan with the Soviet Union that “made our world safer” during the Cold War.

“Today, the United States, together with our allies and partners, has reached an historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama declared.

“The issues at stake here are bigger than politics,” he said. “These are matters of war and peace, and they should be evaluated based on the facts.”

In Switzerland, Secretary of State John Kerry touted the outline as “a solid foundation for the good deal we are seeking.”

The framework requires Tehran to shut down more than two-thirds of its installed centrifuges capable of producing uranium that could be used to build a bomb, dismantle a reactor that could produce plutonium, and accept intrusive verification.

Much of Iran’s enriched stockpiles also would be neutralized.

Obama said verification mechanisms built into the framework agreed to in Switzerland would ensure that “if Iran cheats, the world … Use

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