Kerry calls Iran Joint Plan of Action a peaceful solution
"I want to commend the very critical and significant step today taken towards reaching a verifiable resolution that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Kerry said. "This afternoon, this evening, we concluded negotiations constructively and positively so that on January 20th, in just a few short days, we will begin implementation of the Joint Plan of Action that we and our partners agreed to with respect to Iran in Geneva. As of that day, January 20th, for the first time in almost a decade, Iran's nuclear program will not be able to advance - in fact, parts of it will be rolled back - while we start negotiating a comprehensive agreement to address the international community's concerns about Iran's nuclear program."
Kerry said one of the top concerns of the United States is preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and ensuring that its nuclear program is peaceful. Kerry said U.S. President Barack Obama chose this path as a diplomatic solution because of its minimized risk and ability to provide a long-term solution to issues concerning Iran's nuclear program. The Joint Plan of Action will be regulated and verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Kerry recognized that negotiations with Iran to derail its nuclear program would be difficult, but he said he is confident in The Joint Plan of Action as a long-term, peaceful solution.
"We understand it's going to be a tough negotiation, and we are very clear about what will be required in order to be able to guarantee to the international community that this is a peaceful program," Kerry said. "The negotiations will be very difficult, but they are the best chance that we have to be able to resolve this critical national security issue peacefully and durably. And we have an obligation to give our diplomats and our experts every opportunity to be able to succeed."