U.S. President Barack Obama pushes the Iran nuclear deal during a university speech, calling the accord the most important foreign policy debate since the U.S. went to war in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday (August 5) that a block of the Iran nuclear deal by U.S. lawmakers would accelerate Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. Obama spoke at American University amid a furious lobbying effort in the U.S. Congress to secure enough support to ensure survival of the deal, which was reached July 14 between Iran and six world powers. U.S. lawmakers are set to vote on the deal next month Obama said Iran will be more capable of building a nuclear weapon if the deal is blocked and that a military solution to curb Tehran's nuclear program will only drive it underground. Opponents of the deal say it does not go far enough to ensure that Iran will never be able to develop a nuclear weapon and argue that lifting sanctions on Iran will only empower it to do so. Obama said many of the criticisms, which are made widely by Republicans in Congress, can be attributed to "knee-jerk partisanship" which he said spreads false fears about the deal.