Iran nuclear talks agreement reached: what was agreed and international reactions

The basis for an agreement for a peaceful Iranian nuclear program and a lifting of sanctions against that nation has been reached, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini announced Thursday in Switzerland. “We have reached solutions on key parameters of a joint comprehensive plan of action,” she said. Deal to be concluded by 30 June. (CNN)

Federica Mogherini acted as a coordinator for the six powers – Britain, China, France,Germany, Russia and the United States. (Reuters)

 

What was agreed?

Mogherini specified that Europe will end all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions on Iran under the future deal. The United States will end similar sanctions upon verification of the agreement by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran will retain only one enrichment facility, Natanz, while the Fordo fortified site will be converted into a scientific center, according to the statement. (Huffington Post)

Different version for the Tehran Times:

“In the framework of the agreement, none of Iran’s nuclear facilities as well as the previous activities will be stopped, shut down or suspended and Iran’s nuclear activities in all its nuclear facilities including Natanz, Fordow, Isfahan and Arak will continue.
These comprehensive solutions will guarantee the continued enrichment program inside the Iranian territory and according to this, Iran will be allowed to go on with industrial production of nuclear fuel which is meant for running its nuclear power plants”.

 

International reactions:

U.S. President Obama praised an “historic understanding” with Iran on Thursday, saying it paves the way for a final agreement designed to prevent Tehran from making nuclear weapons and promote a more peaceful world. (USA Today)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a deal would only be possible once all points of disagreement are settled. (Russia Today)

The UK’s foreign secretary Phillip Hammond has said in a statement:

“A comprehensive deal within these parameters will provide reassurance that the programme is peaceful. In return, Iran will receive significant economic and financial sanctions relief including the termination of all UN Security Council Resolutions”. (Guardian)

French FM Laurent Fabius remarked that while the talks produced progress, it was not enough to reach a deal.

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Iranian President Rouhani commented on Twitter:

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But the first to give the news was the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif:

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Israeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a statement after the announcements in Switzerland: “The smiles in Lausanne are detached from wretched reality in which Iran refuses to make any concessions on the nuclear issue and continues to threaten Israel and all other countries in the Middle East. (Al Arabiya)

Picture of the press conference with Federica Mogherini and Javad Zarif (via @CatherineEUspox)