President Obama says Israel has ''legitimate concerns about its security relative to Iran'' but Prime Minister Netanyahu has not presented a better alternative to the nuclear deal struck with Iran. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama says Israel has legitimate concerns about its security, but Prime Minister Netanyahu has not presented a better alternative. "Israel has legitimate concerns about its security relative to Iran... All those threats are compounded if Iran gets a nuclear weapon. And for all of the objections of Prime Minister Netanyahu, or for that matter some of the Republican leadership that's already spoken, none of them have presented to me or the American people a better alternative," Obama said during a White House briefing on Wednesday (July 15). Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. U.S. President Barack Obama hailed a step towards a "more hopeful world" and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it proved that "constructive engagement works". But Israel pledged to do what it could to halt what it called an "historic surrender". The agreement will now be debated in the U.S. Congress, but Obama said he would veto any measure to block it. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. Iran will mothball for at least a decade the majority of its centrifuges used to enrich uranium and sharply reduce its low-enriched uranium stockpile. The agreement is a political triumph for both Obama, who has long promised to reach out to historic enemies, and Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on a vow to reduce the isolation of his nation of 80 million people.