Agreement reached with Iran on nuclear program

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GENEVA, Switzerland -- A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program that freezes the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanction while a more formal agreement is worked out.

The agreement -- described as an "initial, six-month" deal -- includes "substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon," U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.

The deal, which capped days of marathon talks, addresses Iran's ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran's "ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor," according to a statement released by the White House.

Iran also agreed to provide "increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program," it said.

Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, formally announced the agreement in Geneva where the foreign ministers representing Iran, the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany were meeting.

The Iran nuclear deal is a first step requiring actions by both sides, which have "a strong commitment to negotiate a final comprehensive solution," Ashton said.

According to a statement released by the White House, the deal halts Tehran's nuclear program, including halting the development at the Arak reactor and requiring all of the uranium enriched to 20% -- close to weapons-grade -- to be diluted so it cannot be converted for military purposes.

But there were conflicting reports about whether Iran's right to enrich uranium had been recognized.

The senior administration official said the deal does not recognize the right, while Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi -- on a Twitter feed commonly attributed to him by Iranian media -- said that "our enrichment program was recognized."

"Congratulation(s) to my nation which stood tall and resisted for the last 10 years," Araghchi said in the post.

For years, Iran and Western powers have left negotiating tables in disagreement, frustration and at times open animosity.

But the diplomatic tone changed with the transfer of power after Iran's election this year, which saw President Hassan Rouhani replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Caustic jabs at the United States and bellicose threats toward Israel were a hallmark of Ahmadinejad's foreign policy rhetoric.

He lambasted the West over the economic sanctions crippling Iran's economy and at the same time, pushed the advancement of nuclear technology in Iran.

Rouhani has struck up a more conciliatory tone and made the lifting sanctions against his country a priority.

Despite the sanctions, Iran today has 19,000 centrifuges and is building more advanced ones, according to Mark Hibbs, a nuclear policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Most world powers believe that Iran could not realistically build a usable bomb in less than a year, Hibbs said.

And Iran recently signed a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency that agrees to give the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency access to long-unseen nuclear sites, including a heavy-water reactor in Arak.

Tehran is also a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which requires it not to create nuclear weapons or enable other countries to obtain them.

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10 comments

  • Tom Wille

    How can intelligent people be so $:?@; stupid? When hundreds of thousands are killed as a result of this agreement by taking a chance on the lying $/&;$$ who have no intention other than destruction, it will be too late to say I’m sorry. I’ll be sad to be alive when the future of this act comes to fruition.

  • john

    The Koran allows Muslims to LIE to INFEDELS to attain anything and everything……the slippery slope has started, and I guarantee, when Iran has the nuclear capability to produce nuclear weapons, it will be too late….Thank you Obama, the Great World Destabilizer !

  • john

    A deal, a deal, a deal…..what in the world is going on?! When the sabre rattling starts again in Iran, of wiping Israel off the map, and killing all the Jews…..it will be too late, cause they will have the bomb. The six nations that worked on the deal…..well I guess a sorry will just have to do.

  • Colorado Mountain Man

    So who was stupid enough to put politics above peace and sign this dangerous and nieve deal with Iran? Neville Chamberlain did the same thing in 1939, just months before the Nazi’s invaded Eastern Europe, starting WW2 and resulting in the deaths of many millions of innocents. Israel is correct to not trust Obama in “negotiations” with Iran and the whole world will soon pay a bloody price for this diversion from our serious domestic problems. (For you who don’t, can’t, or just won’t remember who Neville Chamberlain was, google it.) His sad legacy will be the same as Obama’s and Kerry’s while we will all pay a severe, prolonged price for a nuclear Iran.

  • Ger San

    Uh yeah, about that agreement….
    Here’s Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani, quoted in the Washington Post: “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”

  • T

    Our dictator and his henchmen will have blood on their hands one day because of this. Where’s Reagan when you need him…for that matter…where’s true American Leadership?

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