Iran and US Make a Deal

A media wrap up.


They had to go into overtime, but Iran and the US has created a “framework” for a nuclear deal.  The reaction has been  significant:

From Fox  News:

The U.S. and international negotiators announced the hard-fought framework for an Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, capping days of exhaustive and tense talks that blew past their original  deadline.

The plan, containing dozens of provisions, would effectively require Iran to wind down or sideline key parts of its nuclear program that could be used for nuclear weapon development in exchange for sweeping sanctions relief. The preliminary agreement allows all sides — the U.S., Iran and five other world powers — to continue working toward a final deal by a June 30  deadline.

Speaking in the Rose Garden shortly after negotiators unveiled the plan in Switzerland, President Obama called the agreement a “historic  understanding.”

“It is a good deal,” Obama  said.

The announcement follows days of talks that went into overtime after missing a March 31 deadline, raising doubts on whether the negotiators could reach any agreement at all. Even with the framework, negotiators have weeks of talks ahead of them. And Obama  will… (read  more)

Newsmax says it will not be an easy sell to  Congress:

Reaching an outline agreement that contains specific pledges may help President Barack Obama to persuade Congressional skeptics that progress had been made. Many U.S. legislators say they share Israel’s view that the emerging agreement won’t prevent Iran from making a nuclear weapon, while Iranian critics of the talks say too many concessions to the U.S. are being  made.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter after the accord’s announcement that the final deal must “significantly” curb Iran’s nuclear capabilities and halt its “terrorism” and  “aggression.”

The accord would extend the “break-out” period for Iran to develop nuclear weapons technology to more than a year, whereas it’s “currently assessed to be 2 to 3 months,” the U.S. State Department said in a summary of the  plan.

Mogherini and Zarif said the accord envisages ending uranium enrichment at the controversial underground Fordo complex, which will be converted into a center for advanced physics research with international participation… (read  more)

From the Associated  Press:

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