President Obama staunchly forcefully defended the temporary agreement to freeze Iran's disputed nuclear program on Monday, pushing back against skepticism of the accord voiced by members of congress and some American allies.
Obama, without naming names, swiped at those who have questioned the wisdom of engaging with Iran during a fundraising event in San Francisco on Monday.
"Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it's not the right thing to do for our security," he said.
Bipartisan skepticism in the Senate about the deal could mean a renewed push for tougher sanctions, which would present a problem for the Obama administration, since the deal signed with Iran and five other nations guarantees no new sanctions for six months.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the fiercest opponents of the six-month deal, called it a "historic mistake" and announced he would be dispatching a top envoy to Washington to try to toughen the final agreement negotiators will soon begin hammering out.
The weekend agreement between Iran and six world powers -- the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany -- is to temporarily halt parts of Tehran's disputed nuclear program and allow for more intrusive international monitoring. In exchange, Iran gains some modest relief from stiff economic sanctions and a pledge from Obama that no new penalties will be levied during the six months.
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