Critics of Iran's deal have consistently been wrong — White House

WASHINGTON, May 9 (KUNA) — The nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers concluded in Vienna last July has resulted in Tehran having eliminated 98 percent of its highly enriched uranium stockpile and having disconnected thousands of centrifuges, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday.
Iran has essentially rendered harmless its heavy-water plutonium reactor, and has complied with its commitment to give international inspectors widespread access to the country to verify its compliance with the agreement, Earnest said during a briefing.
“Opponents of this deal had suggested that Iran would never go along with it, that Iran would never implement the terms of the agreement,” he said.
“They were wrong about that. Our critics often suggested that there would never be a way to verify Iran’s claims that they had gone along with the agreement. They were wrong about that too.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have got the access they needed to verify Iran’s compliance with the agreement, he noted.
“What our critics have also suggested is that the agreement would open the door to hundreds of billions of dollars in cash for the Iranian economy,” Earnest said. “That has not occurred either.” “In fact, we actually see some in Iran suggesting that they have not gotten as much funding out of the deal as they expected,” he said. “So, the truth is, it is hard to think of a scenario or a single fact that critics of this agreement predicted that actually came to pass.” “In fact, time and time and time again, almost regardless of which factor you consider, the critics of the deal have been wrong,” Earnest said. (end) rm.msa

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