World powers have reached a deal with Iran on limiting the country nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions.
Iran’s foreign minister called the agreement “historic.”
The European Union negotiator hailed it as “a sign of hope.”
The deal reportedly gives United Nations nuclear inspectors extensive but not automatic access to sites within Iran, the BBC reports.
Negotiations between Iran and six world powers – the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia plus Germany – began in 2006.
The so-called P5+1 want Iran to scale back its sensitive nuclear activities to ensure that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.
Iran, which wants crippling international sanctions lifted, has always insisted that its nuclear work is peaceful.
EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the deal was “a sign of hope for the entire world.”
“It is a decision that can open the way to a new chapter in international relations,” she said, ahead of a final meeting between negotiators in Vienna.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the deal was “not perfect for anybody,” but that it was the “best achievement possible that could be reached.”
Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, tweeted: “With this unnecessary crisis resolved, new horizons emerge with a focus on shared challenges.”
The text of the deal has not been released but these are some of the details it is believed to contain:
A compromise over the inspection of sites within Iran, the Associated Press quoted a diplomat as saying – UN inspectors would be allowed to monitor military sites but Iran could challenge requests for access
Iran has accepted that sanctions could be restored in 65 days if it violates the deal, Reuters cited diplomats as saying
Source: The Nation