Iran and 6 world powers reach historic nuclear deal.

The E3/EU+3 China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Islamic Republic of Iran reach landmark nuclear deal. A deal which secures our fundamental aim – to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and that will help to make our world a safer place.

In the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – which Iran and six world powers apparently concluded earlie this morning. “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.”

In turn, the P5+1 agree that all sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program will be lifted and that they will refrain from imposing discriminatory regulatory and procedural requirements in their place. Additionally, these same powers will cooperate with Iran “in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy” and “mutually determined civil nuclear cooperation projects.”

I warmly welcome the deal reached today, because it represents a “moral responsibility” to lead the world toward a nuclear-free reality” U.S. President Obama’s hope and courage to launch this process, away from the specter of conflict and towards the possibility of peace. A historic nuclear deal that will strengthen international security policy.

The deal will ensure the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program and is to be endorsed by the UN Security Council. And with this agreement, the IAEA will be able to access any location, declared or undeclared, to follow up on legitimate concerns about nuclear activities.

The U.S. and the E.U. nuclear-related sanctions will be suspended after the IAEA has verified that Iran has taken all of its key nuclear-related steps. If at any time Iran fails to fulfill its commitments, these sanctions will snap back into place.

There is a specific provision in this agreement called snapback for the return of those sanctions, ande even UN sanktions, in the event of noncompliance.

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