President Obama hails agreement as Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif says deal shows his nation’s nuclear program ‘has always been and always will remain exclusively peaceful’
Written by CommonDreams Staff, Published April 2, 2015.
After days of marathon negotiations in Switzerland, foreign ministers from the U.S., the U.K., Russia, China, France, plus Germany (known as the P5 + 1 nations) and Iran emerged from closed-door talks on Thursday to announce they have reached an ‘historic’ framework agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the lifting of international sanctions.Reading out a joint statement, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hailed the framework agreement as a “decisive step” which sets the stage for an ultimate deal which the parties hope to finalize in June. As summarized by the Guardian, Mogherini said:
- “Today we have taken a decisive step. We have reached solutions on key parameters for a comprehensive future nuclear deal.”
- She said the solutions agreed at Lausanne create the basis of a future comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the six powers – to be concluded by 30 June.
- She said the EU and US will terminate the implementation of all nuclear-related economic sanctions.
- She said the deal could not have gone forward without the political determination and goodwill of all parties.
- There will be limited enrichment capacity at the Fordow uranium enrichment site. It will be converted into a nuclear physics site, with no fissile material present on premises and international cooperation for R&D is encouraged.
- The international monitoring agency will have enhanced access to technologies to clarify past and present issues.
- A future deal between Iran and P5+1 powers will include UN security council endorsement.
- Another important area of cooperation will be in the field of nuclear safety and security.
- “We will now work to write the text of a joint comprehensive plan of action.”