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.”