Iran, World Powers Reach Deal
Iranian, P5+ 1 delegations in Geneva October 15, 2013Reuters
Iran and six world powers have reached a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, after hours of talks in Geneva.
The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, announced early Sunday morning that an agreement has been reached between Iran and the group known as the P5+1.
France\’s Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, confirmed as well that a deal has been reached. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted as well that “we have reached an agreement.”
Details of the agreement have not yet fully been made public but some reports said that the six-month agreement will have Iran freeze some of its nuclear activities in exchange for partial and limited relief of the sanctions that have been imposed on it.
It was also reported that under the agreement, Iran will be able to continue to enrich uranium to a level 3.5%, but will not be allowed to add to its stockpile of enriched uranium, and would have to move some of its enriched material to a third country.
Speaking after the deal was announced, U.S. President Barack Obama said it was an “important first step” toward addressing the world’s concerns over the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear program.
He added that the deal includes “substantial limitations” on Iran and cuts off the Islamic republic’s most likely path to a bomb. The President added that Iran would have to prove to the world that its nuclear program is peaceful and said that if it fails to comply with the terms of the agreement, the pressure on it would increase and the sanctions would resume.
Officials in his administration confirmed to CNN the deal with Iran halts progress on its nuclear program, provides for intrusive inspections and neutralizes Iran’s stockpile of 20% enriched uranium.
“We think we have a good strong arrangement,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN following the announcement of the deal.
Kerry later told reporters at a news conference in Geneva that the deal will help “make Israel safer”.
“The comprehensive agreement will make the world safer … and Israel safer,” Kerry said.
The deal came after an earlier report that it may not happen due to Tehran’s continued insistence that it retain the ability to enrich uranium.
Emerging after day-long talks in Geneva on Saturday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters that the talks had achieved “98 percent progress,” but that Tehran would not accept any agreement that does not recognize what it considers its right to enrich uranium, a demand the United States and its European allies have repeatedly rejected.
“In the past 10 years, Iran has resisted economic and political pressures and sanctions aimed at abandoning its enrichmen