The agreement reached over the weekend to curb Iran’s nuclear program has some serious doubters – from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to South Florida residents.
“You know that Iran is going to play around, just like North Korea did and Iraq did, and they are not going to be absolutely ... They are not going to adhere to this,” said Boca Raton resident Alan Bergstein, who is Jewish and politically conservative.
The agreement temporarily freezes Iran's nuclear program for six months. In return, Iran gets what the White House calls modest sanctions relief.
The goal is to reduce decades of tension between the U.S. and Iran, and ultimately lead to a long-term commitment from that country not to build nuclear weapons.
South Florida Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in her district Monday, used a Ronald Reagan quote when talking about the deal.
“You don't trust, you verify. I mean, that’s what is critical about this preliminary deal is that we have extremely tight transparency, important daily access to inspect their facilities,” she said.
Years of economic sanctions have crippled Iran's economy, leading to high unemployment and skyrocketing inflation.
Iran is insisting on no new sanctions during this six-month period.
“If there are new sanctions, then there’s no deal. Very clear,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told NBC News. “End of the deal, because of (the) inability of one party to maintain their side of the bargain."
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