Lausanne: Iran has promised to make drastic cuts to its nuclear programme in return of gradual lifting of sanctions, a deal that can end a 13 year nuclear standoff. The political understanding was reached on Thursday night following 18 months of intensive bargain, which culminated in an eight day period of near continuous talks that went long into the night.
In a joint statement, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammmad Javad Zarif called the deal a decisive step after more than a decade of work.
Zarif said, “our programme is exclusively peaceful, has always been and always will remain exclusively peaceful”.
U.S. President Barack Obama said that if fully implemented, the agreement will cut off every pathway that Iran can take to develop a nuclear weapon. In Tehran, people took the streets in joy of leading a life without sanctions.
On the other hand Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the parameters struck in the deal would legitimize Iran’s nuclear programme , bloster Iran’s economy and increase Iran’s aggression and terror throughout the Middle East and beyond.