Iran and six major world powers have reached an agreement on a nuclear deal after 18 months of negotiations, Reuters reported Tuesday.
An Iranian diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deal would grant Iran relief from UN-imposed sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. It also allows the sanctions to be restored within 65 days if Iran fails to comply with the nuclear restrictions.
"All the hard work has paid off and we sealed a deal. God bless our people," the diplomat told Reuters. Another official confirmed the agreement.
The deal aims to restrict Iran from building nuclear weapons for more than a decade as sanctions are removed gradually.
A source told Reuters a draft of the deal included that UN inspectors would be given access to all suspect sites in Iran. If accepted, the UN Security Council would plan to adopt a resolution this month, to be implemented by the first half of 2016.
World leaders will meet at a UN center in Vienna Tuesday morning and a news conference will follow.
On Monday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted that the agreement had been struck. The tweet was deleted shortly afterward but signaled world leaders had been close to a deal.
The success comes after the deadline for the agreement was pushed back four times. The original deadline for the accord was June 30.
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