Iran/World Powers Strike Historic Nuclear Deal
July 14, 2015
"Iran and six world powers
announced a historic deal Tuesday morning
that places limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions, a development that represents the most significant diplomatic milestone in a dispute that has lasted for more than a decade and could significantly alter geopolitics in the Middle East.
The fraught last stretch to finalize the agreement
— which took more than two weeks of almost constant negotiations
in Vienna — was the result of months of tough shuttle diplomacy
after a provisional agreement was reached on April 2
The accord will keep Iran from producing enough material for a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama
said the deal had “achieved something that decades of animosity have not.”
“This deal is in line with a tradition of American leadership,”
he said. “This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification
.” He added, “No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East.”