Tentative deal with Iran about its nuclear program
that will limit but not destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
President Obama says the steps made to modify Iran’s nuclear program will make the world safer.
He says, "If we can get this done and Iran follows through on framework, we will be able to resolve one of the greatest threats to our security and do it peacefully."
Secretary of State John Kerry negotiated the framework with several world powers that’s intended to curb Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says, “Not all our meetings were easy in fact many were quite difficult because the passions are there for everybody."
Iran agreed to reduce it nuclear capabilities and allow ongoing inspections at its nuclear facilities.
President Obama says, “If Iran cheats, the world will know it.”
In exchange, most economic sanctions against iran will be lifted once it proves compliance.
Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says, "We didn’t put all this time and energy and many sleepless nights that on June 30th we’re just going to abandon."
There are still challenges ahead.
Speaker of the House John Boehner says, "Congress must be allowed to fully review the details of any agreement before any sanctions are lifted."
And world leaders still need to hammer out a range of technical details.
A final deal may take months to complete.
Six world powers including China, France and Russia joined the U.S. during these negotiations.