Iran’s President Praises Nuclear Deal

A day after reaching a tentative agreement, Iran’s president praised the deal and said his country would abide by the promises made in the framework.

Iranians will “remain loyal and stand by the promises,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address on Friday.

“The world should know that we are not deceptive and are not liars and any promises we give will be within the framework of our national interests and we will live up to our promises provided that the opposite side abides by its promises as well,” Rouhani said.

The president added that enrichment in Iran should not be seen as a threat.

“Enrichment and all our nuclear technology is merely for the progress of Iran. This enrichment and technology is not against any regional country or the world,” Rouhani said.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the deal and said it would “pave the way” for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb.

“Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said.

A framework deal was reached on Thursday after marathon talks between the P5+1 group (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany) and Iran.  It is now expected that a final agreement will be drafted by June 30.

The White House released a fact sheet soon after the tentative deal was reached, outlining the key points of the agreement.  They include:

  • Iran will go from having about 19,000 installed today to 6,104 installed under the deal, with only 5,060 of these enriching uranium for 10 years.
  • Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for at least 15 years.
  • Iran has agreed to not enrich uranium at its Fordow facility for at least 15 years.
  • Iran has agreed to convert its Fordow facility so that it is used for peaceful purposes only – into a nuclear, physics, technology, research center.
  • For ten years, Iran will limit domestic enrichment capacity and research and development – ensuring a breakout timeline of at least one year.
  • Iran has agreed to not build any new facilities for the purpose of enriching uranium for 15 years
  • U.S. sanctions on Iran for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missiles will remain in place under the deal.
  • The IAEA will have regular access to all of Iran’s nuclear facilities
Garret Pustay
World News-Politics Contributor
World News-Politics Contributor at The Atlas Times.

Avid follower of international news, with a particular interest on the Middle East. A frequent commuter between New York and the Middle East.

Twitter: @garretpustay

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