Game-changer? : The 5+1 reached deal meeting core objectives with Iran.
Foreign Relations Ministers meet following an announcement on the Iran nuclear talks, April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland. German Foreign Relations Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier waited until he was invited – by the EU Representative – to be part of the official picture of the historic event. The 5+1 worked.
The agreement reached on Thursday between Iran and a number of world powers on Iran’s nuclear program has the potential to be a game-changer. President Obama himself has said it is a “good deal” that meets the international community’s “core objectives.”
If the agreement pans out, however, no one will feel it more than ordinary Iranians. That’s because the agreement includes tentative plans for relief from the international sanctions that have caused real financial pain for those living in Iran over the past year.
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Mr. Heinonen, the former chief inspector of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said “it appears to be a fairly comprehensive deal with most important parameters.” But he cautioned that “Iran maintains enrichment capacity, which will be beyond its near-term needs.”
According to European officials, roughly 5,000 centrifuges will remain spinning enriched uranium at the main nuclear site at Natanz, about half the number currently running. The giant underground enrichment site at Fordo — which Israeli and some American officials fear is impervious to bombing — will be partly converted to advanced nuclear research and the production of medical isotopes. Foreign scientists will be present. There will be no fissile material present that could be used to make a bomb.
A major reactor at Arak, which officials feared could produce plutonium, would operate on a limited basis that would not provide enough fuel for a bomb.
In return, the European Union and the United States would begin to lift sanctions, as Iran complied. At a news conference after the announcement, Mr. Zarif said that essentially all sanctions would be lifted after the final agreement is signed.
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