Deal agreed at Iran nuclear talks

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Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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After ex hausting and contentious talks, Iran and world powers sealed a breakthrough agreement outlining limits on Iran’s nuclear programme to keep it from being able to produce atomic weapons.

The Islamic Republic was promised an end to years of crippling economic sanctions, but only if negotiators transform the plan into a comprehensive pact.

They will try to do that in the next three months.

The US and Iran, long-time adversaries who hashed out much of the agreement, each hailed the efforts of their diplomats over days of sleepless nights in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Speaking at the White House, President Barack Obama called it a “good deal” that would address concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called it a “win-win outcome”.

Those involved have spent 18 months in broader negotiations that were extended twice since an interim accord was reached shortly after Iranian president Hassan Rouhani entered office.

That deal itself was the product of more than a year of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and Iran, a country the US still considers the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Opponents of the emerging accord, including Israel and Republican leaders in the US Congress, reacted with scepticism.

They criticised the outline for failing to do enough to curb Iran’s potential to produce nuclear weapons or to mandate intrusive enough inspections.

Mr Obama disagreed, saying: “This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.

“This deal is not based on trust. It’s based on unprecedented verification.”

Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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