Twelve years of dispute over Iran’s nuclear program seem to be coming to an end with the negotiating parties in Lausanne announcing after eight days of intensive talks that they have finally reached common ground.Twelve years of dispute over Iran’s nuclear program seems to be coming to an end with the negotiating parties in Lausanne announcing after eight days of intensive talks that they have finally reached common ground.
Iran and the 5+1 announced on Thursday that the final draft of the agreement will be written on the basis of the solutions reached today.
The parties announced that Iran has committed to limiting its enrichment programs in exchange for lifting sanctions. This was confirmed in a press conference by John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State.
Nuclear fuel will be removed from Iran’s reactors, while the Fordo nuclear plant will be used as a nuclear physics research centre and Natanz will remain a nuclear enrichment site.
The Wall Street Journal says the agreement provides for 25 years of supervision over Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the negotiated solution, 95 percent of Iran’s enriched uranium will either remain at low grade or will be transferred out of the country, and Iran’s enrichment capability and the number of centrifuges will be reduced to two-thirds of what it was before the negotiations began.
Iran has accepted unannounced inspections of its facilities by the IAEA, and representatives of the 5+1 will be at the enrichment site in Natanz.
Sanctions against Iran will be removed. All six of the UN sanctions against Iran will be dropped, and a new policy will be adopted stating that sanctions will be imposed should Iran not comply with the provisions of the agreement, which will be adopted in June.