News ID: 124419
Published: 0438 GMT August 13, 2015

Iran nuclear agreement superior to bombing, sanctions: Top Jewish Democrat

Iran nuclear agreement superior to bombing, sanctions: Top Jewish Democrat

President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel believes that the conclusion of Iran nuclear talks is far better than attacking the country or imposed sanctions.

“This agreement is a good agreement and it is far superior to either sustained bombing that would never actually get you what you have today or sanctions that would exist on paper but with no international support,” Emanuel told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

The Chicago mayor also praised Obama for his efforts to reach such an agreement.

The mayor, who is one of the prominent US Jewish Democrats, also warned Congress about rejecting the international July 14 agreement.

"The alternatives are bombing. The alternatives are being the only country standing with a set of sanctions when every international partner that you built painstakingly walks away,” he said.

Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – concluded the nuclear negotiations in Vienna last month.

Regarding Tel Aviv’s opposition to the agreement, Emanuel noted that the United States would increase its military aid to Israel following the passage of the accord in Congress in September.

"I believe this agreement is in America’s interest. I think there is a reason a number of national security voices in Israel are supportive of this agreement, and there are ways to also ensure Israel’s deterrence and security apparatus that the United States can play a role in," he said.

According to the text of the accord, Iran will be recognized by the United Nations as a nuclear power and will continue its uranium enrichment program.

Iran sanctions are set to be removed in exchange for some limitations on the country’s nuclear energy program.

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