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making news in america this morning, breaking news, the u.s. and its allies signing a long awaited agreement with iran after marathon nuclear negotiations. we're live with the latest. dangerous flash floods across the midwest. one person killed. others missing. creeks turned into raging rivers sweeping houses away. more storms are expected. a full forecast ahead. a new twist in the so-called "gone girl" kidnapping originally called a hoax. police now naming a high-powered attorney as a suspect. and highway heimlich. an officer gets quite a surprise pulling over this driver on her cell phone. she was calling for help because she was choking and then another surprise when he found out who she is.
and good morning to you all. we begin with that breaking news from vienna. a landmark deal to limit iran's nuclear program has been reached. >> overnight meetings were the final phase of 20 months of high level negotiations. abc's bazi kanani has been watching the historic news unfold overnight. >> reporter: negotiators looked relaxed for the first time this morning announcing after more than two weeks of tense talks in vienna a historic nuclear deal with iran. the negotiators from iran and six world powers finalizing details. >> it is an important achievement for all of us. today could have been the end of hope on this issue, but now we are starting a new chapter of hope. >> reporter: iran's foreign minister is pushing for iran to have no more crippling economic sanctions and for the right to develop peaceful nuclear
programs. the u.s. wants sanctions on iran lifted gradually and strict nuclear inspections for at least ten years. diplomats say the deal includes a compromise giving nuclear inspectors access to iranian military sites but onlyet's pause so the rest of the country can join us for a special report. >> announcer: this is an abc news special report. now reporting, george stephanopoulos. >> good morning. we're coming on the air right now because president obama is about to speak on this historic nuclear deal with iran reached overnight between the west and iran designed to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon for at least ten years in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions on iran. the president about to speak in the east room of the white house right now. this has been one of his top diplomatic priorities. here comes the president with vice president biden right now.
>> today after two years of negotiations the united states together with our international partners has achieved something that decades of animosity has not, a comprehensive long-term deal with iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. this deal demonstrates that american diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change. change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure. this deal is also in line with a tradition of american leadership. it's now more than 50 years since president kennedy stood before the american people and said let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate. he was speaking then about the need for discussions between the united states and the soviet union which led to efforts to restrict the spread of nuclear weapons. in those days the risk was a catastrophic nuclear war between two superpowers. in our time the risk is that
nuclear weapons will spread to more and more countries, particularly in the middle east the most volatile region in our world. today, because america negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region. because of this deal the international community will be able to verify that the islamic republic of iran will not develop a nuclear weapon. this deal meets every single one of the bottom lines that we established when we achieved a framework earlier this spring. every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off. and the inspection and transparency regime necessary to verify that objective will be put in place. because of this deal iran will not produce the highly enriched uranium and weapons grade plutonium that form the raw materials necessary for a nuclear bomb.
because of this deal iran will remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, the machines necessary to produce highly enriched uranium for a bomb and store them under constant international supervision. rob will not use its advanced centrifuges to produce enriched uranium for the next decade. iran will get rid of 98% of its stockpile of enriched uranium. to put that in perspective iran currently has a stockpile that could produce up to ten nuclear weapons. because of this deal that stockpile will be reduced to a fraction of what would be required for a single weapon. this stockpile limitation will last for 15 years. because of this deal iran will modify the core of its reactor in iraq so that it will not produce weapons guede plutonium and it has agreed to ship the spent fuel from the reactor out of the country for the lifetime of the reactor for at least the
next 15 years, iran will not build any new heavy water reactors. because of this deal we will for the first time be in a position to verify all of these commitments. that means this deal is not built on trust. it is built on verification. inspectors will have 24/7 access to iran's key nuclear facilities. iran will have access to iran's entire nuclear supply chain. its uranium mines and mills, its conversion facility and its centrifuge manufacturing and storage facilities. this ensures that iran will not be able to divert materials from known facilities to covert ones. some of these transparency measures will be in place for 25 years. because of this deal inspectors will also be able to access any suspicious location put simply, the organization responsible for the inspections, the iaea will have access where necessary when
necessary. that arrangement is permanent. and the iaea has also reached an agreement with iran to get access that it needs to complete its investigation into the possible military dimensions of iran's past nuclear research. finally, iran is permanently prohibited from pursuing a nuclear weapon under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty which provided the basis for the international community's efforts to apply pressure on iran. as iran takes steps to implement this deal it will receive relief from the sanctions that we put in place because of iran's nuclear program. both america's own sanctions and sanctions imposed by the united nations security council. this relief will be phased in. iran must complete key nuclear steps before it begins to receive new sanctions relief. and over the course of the next decade iran must abide by the
deal before additional sanctions are lifted including five years for restrictions related to arms and eight years for restrictions related to ballistic missiles. all of this will be memorialized and endorsed in a new united nations security council resolution. and if iran violates the deal all these sanctions will snap back into place, so there's a very clear incentive for iran to follow through and there are very real consequences for a violation. that's the deal. it has the full backing of the international community. congress will now have an opportunity to review the details and my administration stands ready to provide extensive briefings on how this will move forward. as the american people and congress review the deal it will be important to consider the alternative. consider what happens in a world without this deal. without this deal there is no scenario where the world joins us in sanctioning iran until it
completely dismantles its nuclear program. nothing we know about the iranian government suggests it would simply capitulate under that kind of pressure and the world would not support an effort to permanently sanction iran into submission. we put sanctions in place to get a diplomatic resolution and that is what we have done. without this deal there would be no agreed upon limitations for the iranian nuclear program. iran could produce, operate and test more and more centrifuges. iran could fuel a reactor capable of producing plutonium for a bomb and we would not have any of the inspects that allow us to detect a covert nuclear weapons program. in other words, no deal means no lasting constraints on iran's nuclear program. such a scenario would make it more likely that other countries in the region would feel compelled to pursue their own nuclear programs, threatening a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.
it would also present the united states with fewer and less effective options to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. i have been president and commander in chief for over six years now. time and again i have faced decisions about whether or not to use military force. it's the gravest decision that any president has to make. many times in multiple countries i have decided to use force, and i will never less tate to do so when it's in our national security interests. i strongly believe that our national security interest now depends upon preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which means that without a diplomatic resolution either i or a future u.s. president would face a decision about whether or not to allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon or whether to use our military to stop it. put simply no deal means a
greater chance of more war in the middle east. moreover we give nothing up by testing whether or not this problem can be solved peacefully. if in the worst case scenario iran violates the deal the same options that are available to me today will be available to any u.s. president in the future and i have no doubt that 10 or 15 years from now, the person who holds this office will be in a far stronger position with iran further away from a weapon and with the inspections and transparency that allow us to monitor the iranian program. for this reason i believe it would be irresponsible to walk away from this deal. but, on such a tough issue it is important that the american people and their representatives in congress get a full opportunity to review the deal. after all, the details matter and we've had some of the finest
nuclear scientists in the world working through those details and we're dealing with a country, iran that has been a sworn adversary of the united states for 35 years so i welcome a robust debate in congress on this issue and i welcome scrutiny of the details of this agreement. but i will remind congress that you don't make deals like this with your friends. we negotiated arms control agreements with the soviet union when that nation was committed to our destruction and those agreements ultimately made us safer. i am confident that this deal will meet the national security interests of the united states and our allies so i will veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal. we do not have to accept an inevitable spiral into conflict. we certainly shouldn't seek it. and precisely because the stakes are so high this is not the time
for politics or posturing. tough talk from washington does not solve problems. hard-nosed diplomacy, leadership that has united the world's major powers offers a more effective way to verify that iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapon. now, that doesn't mean that this deal will resolve all of our differences with iran. we share the concerns expressed by many of our friends in the middle east including israel and the gulf states about iran's support for terrorism and its use of proxies to destabilize the region. but that is precisely why we are taking this step because an iran armed with a nuclear weapon would be far more destabilizing and far more dangerous to our friends and to the world. meanwhile, we will maintain our own sanctions related to iran's support for terrorism, its ballistic missile program and human rights violations. we will continue our
unprecedented efforts to strengthen israel's security efforts that go beyond what any american administration has done before and we will continue the work we began at camp david to elevate our partnership with the gulf states to strengthen their capabilities to counter threats from iran or terrorist groups like isil. however, i believe that we must continue to test whether or not this region which has known so much suffering, so much bloodshed can move in a different direction. time and again i have made clear to the iranian people that we will always be open to engagement on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect. our differences are real and the difficult history between our nations cannot be ignored. but it is possible to change. the path of violence and rigid ideology, a foreign policy based on threats to attack your
neighbors or eradicate israel, that's a dead end, a different path one of tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflict leads to more integration into the global economy, more engagement with the international community and the ability of the iranian people to prosper and thrive. this deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. we should seize it. we have come a long way to reach this point. decades of an iranian nuclear program, many years of sanctions and many months of intense negotiation. today, i want to thank the members of congress from both parties who helped us put in place the sanctions that have proven so effective, as well as the other countries who joined us in that effort. i want to thank our negotiating partners the united kingdom, france germany, russia china as well as the european union for our unity in this effort which showed that the world can
do remarkable things when we share a vision of peacefully addressing conflicts. we showed what we can do when we do not split apart. and finally i want to thank the american negotiating team. we had a team of experts working for several weeks straight on this including our secretary of energy ernie moniz and i want to particularly thank john kerry, our secretary of state, who began his service to this country more than four decades ago when he put on our uniform and went off to war. he's now making this country safer through his commitment to strong principled american diplomacy. history shows that america must lead not just with our might but with our principles. it shows we are stronger not when we wereare alone but when we bring the world together. today's announcement marks one more chapter in this pursuit of a safer and more helpful, more
hopeful world. thank you. god bless you and god bless the united states of america. >> president obama hailing the historic nuclear deal with iran. he says it demonstrates american diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change. he also set it met every one of america's bottom line and no deal would mean the chance -- greater chance of war. our martha raddatz is in tehran right now and, martha those words from the president seen live on iranian television, as well. >> reporter: they were live and translated on iranian television where people gathered around their television sets. they were on the radio right now you have the president of iran speaking to his nation about this deal. there will be celebrating no doubt throughout iran today, not necessarily over the deal but the idea these crippling sanctions will be lifted. there's also a lot of spin going here george. they are saying we have now been
recognized as a nuclear power, but iran still has not admitted it has been trying to get a bomb george. >> okay martha raddatz thanks for that. terry moran our chief fortunate correspondent in vienna where the negotiators are. you heard the president hailing secretary of state kerry, been there for about 17 straight days of negotiations and some real sticking points at the end. >> reporter: there really were particularly that u.n. arms embargo on conventional weapons like missile technology, it was imposed as part of the sanctions against iran's nuclear program. that's going to be lifted and that's a very controversial thing. the devil here is in the details. you heard president obama describe this agreement in the most -- in the strongest possible terms to the united states. i went to a background briefing with iranian officials, they're describing it in the strongest possible terms for them. what's most important for iran for its leadership and its people is that they don't feel trampled on.
their dignity not invaded and destroyed by inspections and by essentially put on international probation. that of course is what the united states wants so how this plays out, how this actually operates when it gets going is key. >> no question about that. jon karl at the white house right now. jon, we heard the president say he welcomes a debate in congress. he is going to get one. >> reporter: he well companies a debate he most certainly will get. the white house sees it as an historic achieve many. the president's signature foreign policy achieve. one you heard at the very end of his speech ha could lead to a safer and more hopeful world. this is bigger even than just the united states and iran but congress is going to go on this and criticize this loudly george especially that issue about the arms embargo. >> they have 60 days to review the deal and the president could veto any action they take as well. just the beginning of the debate. we heard the president hailing that nuclear agreement. we will turn to our regular
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good tuesday morning at 4:28. thank you for joining us. i am kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas here with...your name? >> leyla gulen. >> leyla is back. >> meteorologist mike nicco has the weather. >> good morning, everyone. the marine layer is more would nouned although live doppler hd is not seeing much there is patchy fog. you can see along the coast and the peninsula it will be the best area for the wet weather. as we look from our roof camera to san francisco you can see the cloud cover out there with temperatures mild in the upper 50s to mid 60. as we head throughout the afternoon it will feel like yesterday and maybe warmer since we will not have the high clouds. temperature is in the middle 60s at the coast at 4:00 and middle 70s an the bay and middle 80s inland. we have warmer weather in the
seven-day forecast. >> leyla you are back how is the babe looking? >> the problem not the bay bridge but in hercules, i-80 eastbound a sig-alert because of a fatal accident. that is actually canceled and all lanes have re-opened. as we look at the bay bridge toll plaza we have cashpayers waiting in the far left hand lane and the rest of the drivers from the east bay not having a difficult time. now, this is san rafael the san mateo bridge rather a nice drive from the north bay up to 580 and continuing over the golden gate bridge and traffic is moving smoothly. >> thank you, leyla. we have protect news from overnight in the last few hours, a landmark deal has been reached to limit iran's nuclear program. in the last hour reaction from president obama who called the agreement a historic event that will protect the up. >> i am confident this deal will
meet the national security of the united states and our allies. i will veto any legislation that prevents this implementation. >> negotiators from iran and six world powers wrapped up the knows a short time ago in austria. >> negotiators looked relaxed for the first time this morning announcing after more than two week of tense talks and vienna, a historic nuclear deal with iran. >> this an important achievement for all of us. today, it could have been the end of the issue but now we are starting a new chapter of hope. >> iran foreign minister is pushing for iran to have no more crippling economic sanctions and for the right to develop a peaceful nuclear program. the united states wants sanctions on iran lifted