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article imageNuclear deal reached with Iran

By Ken Hanly     Nov 23, 2013 in Politics
Geneva - Al Jazeera and other news sources report that a nuclear deal has been reached with Iran and six world powers after intense talks in Geneva Switzerland.
Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera in Geneva said: "..marathon talks have come to an end, the French foreign minister gave a thumbs up as he departed the Intercontinental hotel. Foreign ministers of the P5+1 negotiation with Iran will be going to Geneva's UN headquarters where they will announce details of the deal. There are no details yet, but an interim agreement has been struck to roll back some of Iran's nuclear programme. It is extraordinarily significant". Negotiators of the P5 + 1 are from the UK, US, Russia, China, France and Germany. The EU foreign policy chief of foreign policy Catherine Ashton also confirmed the deal. Michael Mann, spokesperson for Ashton, who is leading the conference, quoted her as saying "We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran."
The agreement will curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief according to several delegations. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif announced on this Twitter feed: "We have reached an agreement," The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed also that a deal had been reached. No details have been released officially as yet.
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about an agreement reached with Iran on its nuclear pr...
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about an agreement reached with Iran on its nuclear program at the White House in Washington November 23, 2013. Obama said on Saturday that the deal between Iran and six major powers was an important first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear program
With permission by Reuters / Joshua Roberts
The deal being negotiated was for a six month agreement that would freeze Iran's nuclear program. If that deal holds a final-stage negotiation would occur to ensure that Iran did not build nuclear weapons. Only at this stage would the most crippling sanctions be removed. The deal is another step forward that began with the election of the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani who has improved US Iranian relations.
Both Iranian and US negotiators face criticism from their own respective domestic critics. The agreement apparently will allow Iran to continue some level of enrichment but far below that required for weapons. In a bid to reassure many in Iran who are distrustful of the US and want enrichment to continue, Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said: “I assure Iranians enrichment will never stop. Iran opposes any demands restricting its rights".' Iran will be allowed to sell petrochemicals and can be supplied with auto parts to revive its auto industry and allow it to export autos to parts of Asia according to some aides. The sanctions are losing Iran $5 billion US a month just in lost oil sales, and has lost $120 billion in total since sanctions were imposed according to an anonymous senior US official. The US has been trying to keep rollback of sanctions limited because of opposition in the United States and to keep pressure on Iran.
(L-R) Germany s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle  British Foreign Secretary William Hague  Chinese...
(L-R) Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gather at the United Nations Palais in Geneva November 24, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Carolyn Kaster
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