Iran to Freeze Its Nuclear Program in Geneva Accord


gawker.com
November 24, 2013

After weeks of negotiations between diplomats from Iran, US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany, Iran has agreed to temporarily freeze its nuclear program while a larger deal is negotiated.

The international agreement would give negotiators time to iron out a deal that would ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would only be used towards peaceful ends, and not in pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Over the last few years, Iran has been enriching uranium to 20%, a level close to that which could be used in a weapon. Iran has now agreed to stop enriching at 5%, and dismantle links between centrifuges (which help enrich Uranium) and it has also promised to stop building new centrifuges.

“Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure,” President Obama said last night, “a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.”

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