U.S., World Powers Agree To Tentative Nuclear Deal With Iran

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

The Iran nuclear deal has reached a new milestone. Framework for the agreement was announced today. 

The deal between Iran and the United States, along with several other countries, including Russia, Germany, France, England and China, was intended to change how Iran’s nuclear program is run and reduce the amount of uranium the country can produce, in exchange for reducing the economic sanctions against Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that the removal of economic sanctions would be a gradual process. "And if we find out at any point that Iran is not complying with the agreement, the sanctions can snap back into place," he said, according to CNN.

Kerry also said Iran would reduce the amount of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent for 15 years and eliminate two-thirds of its installed centrifuges for 10 years. 

Kerry said the international community is confident in Iran’s nuclear program and will remain peaceful once the agreement is implemented. France, along with its partners, will be responsible for implementing the agreement by the end of June. The agreement will be acted on quickly “so that the international community can be assured that Iran will not be in position to acquire a nuclear weapon,” said French President Francois Hollande.

President Obama said Iran agreed to invasive searches and regulations. "I am convinced if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, our world safer,” he said. "If Iran cheats, the world will know it.”

Obama also warned Congress about interfering. "If Congress kills this deal not based on expert analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it's the United States that will be blamed for the failure of diplomacy," Obama said. "International unity will collapse.”

None of Iran’s nuclear facilities will close.

Source: CNN Image via Cliff/Flickr