In a statement, Obama claimed the challenges the U.S. faces today would be much worse without the nuclear agreement.
He said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “has achieved significant, concrete results in making the United States and the world a safer place”, according to The Hill.
Obama stressed that Iran’s nuclear program “faces strict limitations and is subject to the most intrusive inspection and verification program ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program.”
He added that Iran has reduced its uranium stockpile by 98 percent, has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges, has not enriched any uranium at the Fordow facility and has not used advanced centrifuges to enrich.
“In short, Iran is upholding its commitments, demonstrating the success of diplomacy,” he declared.
The agreement, reached between the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the European Union and Iran, placed specific limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing global oil, trade and financial sanctions.
Since the implementation of the deal a year ago, Iran was found several times to have exceeded the amount of heavy water it is permitted to produce under the agreement. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that those violations were minor.
The White House later dismissed the idea that Iran was secretly allowed to skirt restrictions on its uranium stockpile, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisting Iran “has been in compliance with the agreement” since January 16, when the deal was implemented.
In December, the Secretary of State rejected President-elect Donald Trump’s references to the agreement as a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated”.