British PM: Threat of nuclear-armed Iran now off the table

British PM: Threat of nuclear-armed Iran now off the table

British Prime Minister David Cameron defended the Iranian nuclear agreement on Sunday as the “toughest” deal within reach and assured the public that western nations are safer now because of it.

"The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran that is now off the table, and that’s a success,” Cameron told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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"Of course, there will be those who complain about details of the deal,” added Cameron, whose nation took part in the negotiations with Iran. "But fundamentally, this is the toughest set of proposals put in place, and verifications put in place, and inspections put in place that I think we’ve seen in any of these negotiations.”

Critics have suggested the agreement lets Iran off the hook and makes it easier for Tehran to develop a nuclear weapon.

But Cameron disputed these claims.

“This deal says it’s never acceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” Cameron said.

“It’s so much better than the alternative,” he added. “If there wasn’t a deal, I think we would face an Iran with a nuclear weapon. That would have given a terrible choice to the west of allow that to happen or taking military action.