I’m Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. For the past few years, I’ve been working closely with America’s negotiating team, which was tasked with finding a way to achieve a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Last week, after two years of tough negotiations, our team along with our international partners achieved just that.
It’s a historic deal. It blocks every possible pathway Iran could use to build a bomb while verifying — through a comprehensive inspections and transparency regime — that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.
The deal is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and it’s important that everyone here and around the world understands exactly what’s in it and how it’ll work.
That’s why we launched @TheIranDeal — a Twitter account that is dedicated to delivering the facts and answering your questions about the deal and how it enhances American national security. Follow along now.
There are already a lot of myths, misinformation, and falsehoods out there about what this deal will do and what it means for the future of our national security. This is a strong deal, with significant constraints on Iran’s nuclear program, and unprecedented access to Iranian nuclear facilities — including 24/7, continuous monitoring.
And make no mistake, without this deal, we won’t have those constraints and we won’t have that access. That’s why President Obama has warned that without this deal, we risk another conflict in the Middle East.
So make sure you have all the facts about the Iran Deal, and send your questions our way on Twitter.
We’re ready to set the record straight about how we are successfully preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — a crucial part of creating a safer, more secure world.
Thanks, and stay tuned for more.
Deputy National Security Advisor
The White House