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Monday
Nov252013

President Obama Defends Iranian Nuclear Deal Against Criticism 

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama countered critics on Monday, defending the Iranian nuclear deal against skeptics at home and abroad.

"We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world's problems," Obama said at an immigration event in San Francisco. "We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict. And tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing for our security."

The United States helped negotiate an agreement with Iran and five world powers Sunday morning to freeze key parts of Tehran's nuclear program. Obama described the pact as an example of his administration's "clear-eyed and principled democracy" with its adversaries.

"We're going to continue our diplomacy with the goal of achieving a comprehensive solution that deals with the threat of Iran's nuclear program once and for all," he said. "And if Iran seizes this opportunity and chooses to join the global community, then we can begin to chip away at the mistrust that's existed for many, many years between our two nations."

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