Iran, US strike agreement on nuclear deal

Published April 2nd, 2015 - 06:05 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry after a statement to announce a landmark deal with Iran halting parts of its nuclear program. (AFP/File)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry after a statement to announce a landmark deal with Iran halting parts of its nuclear program. (AFP/File)

Iran and the world powers have struck an agreement on an outline for the nuclear deal Thursday, after two days of delays following the framework's deadline, AP reported.

The leaders said they are still determining how much of the outline they want to make public, but that they are ready to start drafting and moving forward with the nuclear deal's ultimate deadline of June 30. US President Barack Obama has called the landmark agreement "a historic opportunity" to repair tensions between the two countries. 

EU officials said 5,000 centrifuges at Iran's main nuclear site, Natanz, will continue to operate, only half of the number currently running, according to The New York Times. Fordow will stop running its centrifuges and be turned into a nuclear physics site.

A Western official also told Reuters the deal would include limitations on Iran's uranium enrichment for ten years. 

The long-awaited agreement comes after the self-imposed deadline between the US and Iran on Tuesday passed with no results, extending world leaders' stay in Lausanne, Switzerland. The nuclear deal hopes to limit Iran's nuclear technology in exchange for lifting sanctions on the country.

 

 


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