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.
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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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