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Old 14th Jul 2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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Historic Deal Between Iran and the West Reached on Iran Nuclear Facilities

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Vienna (CNN) - After arduous talks that spanned 20 months, negotiators have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program.

The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.

Representatives of Iran, the United States and the other nations involved in the marathon talks were holding a final meeting in Vienna on Tuesday.

Obama praised the deal reached Tuesday morning, saying the agreement met the goals he had in place throughout negotiations.

"Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Obama said from the White House, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.

"This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification," Obama said Tuesday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also praised the deal, speaking after Obama finished, as televisions in Iran broadcast the U.S. President's statement live, translated into Farsi.

"Negotiators have reached a good agreement and I announce to our people that our prayers have come true," Rouhani said in a live address to the nation following Obama.

The essential idea behind the deal is that in exchange for limits on its nuclear activities, Iran would get relief from sanctions while being allowed to continue its atomic program for peaceful purposes.

After news of the deal emerged, Yukiya Amano, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he had signed a "roadmap" with the Iranian government "for the clarification of past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program."

What's in the deal
The deal reduces the number of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. It places bans on enrichment at key facilities, and limits uranium research and development to the Natanz facility.

The deal caps uranium enrichment at 3.67 percent and limits the stockpile to 300 kg, all for 15 years.

Iran will be required to ship spent fuel out of the country forever, as well as allow inspectors from the IAEA inspectors certain access in perpetuity. Heightened inspections, including tracking uranium mining and monitoring the production and storage of centrifuges, will last for up to 20 years.

The U.S. estimates that the new measures take Iran from being able to assemble its first bomb within 2-3 months, to at least one year from now.

Far from over
But the deal between Iran and world powers, brokered during lengthy negotiations in a Vienna hotel, is far from the end of the story.

The accord is expected to face fierce opposition from Republicans in the U.S. Congress, as well as from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a longstanding critic of the negotiations.

"From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is a historic mistake for the world," Netanyahu said Tuesday. "Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability."
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I personally feel like this is a great deal for the US and the rest of the countries in the negotiations. I did expect Bibi Netanyahu to criticize this deal no matter what though, even if Israel got everything they wanted. This deal will help ensure the safety of everyone involved, while allowing Iran to power its country without having the capacity to create nuclear weapons. So, what do you all think of this deal? Did the West get what they wanted and this is a good deal, or did they make too many concessions to Iran?
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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Re: Historic Deal Between Iran and the West Reached on Iran Nuclear Facilities

Well, I know my Iranian friends will be very happy since they know first hand how much the sanctions have hurt the economy. I'm sure the Russians and Chinese will also be ecstatic once the sanctions are fully lifted and they can begin selling weapons to Iran. Hopefully this all works out for the best but I am somewhat skeptical. North Korea was also never supposed to acquire Nuclear Weapons but in spite of the sanctions, treaties and negotiations that went on with them, they still got the bomb.
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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This is good for many reasons, but I honestly cannot wait to hear conservative butthurt.
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Old 15th Jul 2015, 12:06 PM   #4
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I wil give any deal a shot but I like many democrats and republicans remain very skeptical of any deal. I don't trust Iran at all and why should we.
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