- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2016

President Obama patted his administration on the back Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the Iranian nuclear deal, calling the agreement a triumph of “principled diplomacy.”

“Over the last year, the Iran deal has succeeded in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program, avoiding further conflict and making us safer,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

The House passed legislation on Wednesday, 249-176, to block the purchase of “heavy water” from Iran, ignoring Mr. Obama’s veto threat.

Two other bills aimed at rolling back the agreement, under which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions, are scheduled for a vote this week in the House. The Senate may not take them up before September.

Mr. Obama said Iran has shipped out 98 percent of its enriched uranium, dismantled two-thirds of its centrifuges, filled its plutonium production reactor with concrete, and “adopted the most intrusive inspection and verification program ever negotiated for a nuclear program.”

“The United States and our negotiating partners have also fully implemented our commitments to lift nuclear-related sanctions, and we will continue to uphold our commitments as long as Iran continues to abide by the deal,” he said. “We still have serious differences with Iran, but the United States, our partners, and the world are more secure” because of the deal.

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