The U.S. Reaches A Deal For Iran’s Nuclear Program

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On Thursday, President Obama, along with allies and partners, reached an agreement regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

In a statement, the President said that if the plan is “fully implemented, [it] will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has been advancing its nuclear program for decades. President Obama added, “By the time I took office, Iran was operating thousands of centrifuges, which can produce the materials for a nuclear bomb — and Iran was concealing a covert nuclear facility. I made clear that we were prepared to resolve this issue diplomatically, but only if Iran came to the table in a serious way.  When that did not happen, we rallied the world to impose the toughest sanctions in history — sanctions which had a profound impact on the Iranian economy.”

Last year, they worked towards a deal to stop the progress of Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key areas. The latest framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. 

The details of the deal:

  • Iran will not be able to pursue a bomb using plutonium, because it will not develop weapons-grade plutonium. 
  • This deal shuts down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium. Iran has agreed that its installed centrifuges will be reduced by two-thirds.
  • Under this deal, Iran has agreed that it will not stockpile the materials needed to build a weapon.  Even if it violated the deal, for the next decade at least, Iran would be a minimum of a year away from acquiring enough material for a bomb. 
  • International inspectors will have unprecedented access not only to Iranian nuclear facilities, but to the entire supply chain that supports Iran’s nuclear program — from uranium mills that provide the raw materials, to the centrifuge production and storage facilities that support the program. 

Obama ended saying, “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.  If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it.  Iran’s past efforts to weaponize its program will be addressed.  With this deal, Iran will face more inspections than any other country in the world.”

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