World powers reach tentative nuclear deal with Iran
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The United States and several other world powers have agreed on a deal that would keep Iran’s nuclear program peaceful.
The deal, which was announced on Thursday, calls for Iran to limit its enrichment capacity and stockpile in exchange for the European Union lifting economic sanctions that have hurt the country’s economy.
Iran also agreed to enrich nuclear materials only at one plant, converting the other nuclear facilities for other uses.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said no facilities will close and the agreement will not put an end to Iran’s enrichment activities. However, he said the country would abide by the agreement.
Iran will not make weapons-grade plutonium, which is used for making bombs.
Iran also agreed to international inspections that President Barack Obama said would be the toughest on any country in the world.
“If Iran cheats, the world will know it,” he said. “If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it.”
Republicans in Congress have strongly opposed a deal with Iran. However, Obama warned that if Congress kills it, “it’s the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy.”
“The issues at stake here are bigger than politics,” Obama said. “These are matters of war and peace, and they should be evaluated based on the facts.”