President Obama details Iran nuclear deal

The graphic explains that four methods of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon are blocked with the new international agrweement. | Graphic courtesy of the White House

President Barack Obama held a press conference on Wednesday detailing how the nuclear deal that was reached between Iran, the U.S., France, the U.K., China, Russia and Germany will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms. 

In a report from the White House from during the conference, they state that Iran has four possibilities to acquire the necessary materials and amounts of plutonium and uranium to potentially build a nuclear bomb. With this agreement Iran has agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect all nuclear-related activity at all stages of the process that is involved in the development and operation of a peaceful nuclear energy program in Iran.

As part of this deal Iran has agreed to eliminate 98 percent of its current stockpiles and is limited to have uranium enrichment at 3.67 percent, which is not enough to make it a viable nuclear weapon source. Only one of Iran's two enrichment facilities will be allowed to operate. The White House states that Iran could build eight to ten nuclear missiles within two or three months if it decided to do so without the agreement in place.

Obama stated in the press conference that critics, including members of the Republican Party and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have expressed concern over this deal and argue that this agreement could pose a greater threat to the U.S., Israel and the international community.

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