Summary:United States Secretary of State John Kerry appealed directly to the Israeli public on Saturday evening, telling Channel 10 that the Obama administration would abide by its pledge to deny Iran a nuclear weapon.
“I say this again - we will not sign a deal that does not close off Iran's pathways to a bomb and that doesn't give us the confidence - to all of our experts and global experts - that we will be able to know what Iran is doing and prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon,” Kerry said.
“President [Barack] Obama has absolutely pledged they will not get a nuclear weapon,” the secretary said. “I believe that where we are heading will in fact protect Israel.”
Washington’s top diplomat said that the parameters of the emerging agreement in Iran would give the West access to key nuclear installations in the Islamic Republic - well beyond the 10- or 15-year period discussed as a possible shelf life of the deal, Israeli media reported.
“We will have inspectors in there every single day,” Kerry said. “That’s not a 10-year deal. That’s forever. There have to be inspections.”
“There’s a lot of hysteria about this deal,” the secretary of state said. “People really need to look at the facts, and they need to look at the science behind those facts.”
US President Barack Obama said earlier this month that the agreement was a 'reasonable compromise' that would not derail talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.
Obama told a White House news conference that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator Bob Corker and the panel's leading Democrat, Ben Cardin, had agreed they would protect the bill from 'poison pill' amendments that would be tilted toward trying to kill an agreement with Iran.