Iran Nuclear Deal Reached

The president announces key developments to halt and roll back Iran’s nuclear program.

President Obama makes a statement from the State Dining Room of the White House November 23, 2013 in Washington after an agreement to freeze Iran's nuclear program was reached in Geneva.
National Journal
Clara Ritger
Nov. 23, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

A deal to lim­it and roll back Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar de­vel­op­ment has been reached, the White House an­nounced late Sat­urday.

The agree­ment comes after a series of ne­go­ti­ations between Ir­an and the P5+1: the United States, United King­dom, Ger­many, France, Rus­sia and China.

Among oth­er agree­ments, Ir­an com­mit­ted to halt en­rich­ment after five per­cent, neut­ral­ize its stock­pile of 20 per­cent urani­um and stop the in­stall­a­tion and use of new cent­ri­fuges.

“These are sub­stan­tial lim­it­a­tions which will help pre­vent Ir­an from de­vel­op­ing a nuc­le­ar weapon,” Pres­id­ent Obama said. “[These ne­go­ti­ations] hal­ted the pro­gress of the Ir­a­ni­an nuc­le­ar pro­gram and key parts of the nuc­le­ar pro­gram will be rolled back.”

In ex­change, Ir­an will be gran­ted ap­prox­im­ately $7 bil­lion in what the pres­id­ent called “mod­est” sanc­tion re­lief. The P5+1 has agreed to not im­pose new sanc­tions over the next six months while ne­go­ti­ations over Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar pro­gram con­tin­ue.

That agree­ment, however, will de­pend on the co­oper­a­tion of Con­gress, which the pres­id­ent did not fail to ac­know­ledge dur­ing his re­marks Sat­urday.

“Ir­an, like any oth­er na­tion, should be able to ac­cess peace­ful nuc­le­ar en­ergy,” Obama said.

The pres­id­ent said these talks were a “first step” and noted there would be more dip­lo­mat­ic ne­go­ti­ations in the com­ing months.

Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry is sched­uled to ap­pear on ABC, CBS and CNN Sunday morn­ing shows to dis­cuss fur­ther the agree­ment.

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