U.S. President Barack Obama comments on the United Nations Security Council's endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said the United Nations Security Council's endorsement of a nuclear deal with Iran showed that countries beyond those that negotiated the pact saw it as the strongest way to avoid Tehran obtaining a nuclear weapon. "I think it will send a clear message that the overwhelming number of countries who not only participated in the deal -- the P5+1 -- but who have observed what's happened, recognized that this is by far our strongest approach to ensuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon," Obama told reporters. The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose U.N. penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement. The 15-member body unanimously adopted a resolution that was negotiated as part of the agreement reached in Vienna last week between Iran and the world's major powers. In return for lifting U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions, Iran will be subjected to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating an atomic bomb, but which Tehran says is peaceful.