Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Iran Deal

On Thursday 2 April 2015, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that Iran and the "P5+1" (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) reached an understanding on the elements to proceed with negotiating control of Iran's nuclear capacity.

What is called the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" explains,
These elements form the foundation upon which the final text of the JCPOA will be written between now and June 30, and reflect the significant progress that has been made in discussions between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran.

President Barack Obama appeared in the White House Rose Garden on the evening of 2 April 2015 to discuss the agreement.

Below, watch President Barack Obama discuss the agreement in his Weekly Address (4 April 2015).

President Obama has also given interviews to discuss the deal. A few interviews of interest:

Talking to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio, Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

Talking to Tom Friedman of The New York Times, Obama Interview: The Iran Deal: Obama on Iran and His View of the World