WATCH FULL SPEECH: Obama Says Iran Framework Agreement a Historic ‘Good Deal’

The sides will promptly start drafting a final accord to be completed by a June 30 deadline.


President Obama, speaking in the White House Rose Garden, said the United States and its partners in the negotiations have “reached a historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

He said he was certain the deal would lead to a safer world.

“It is a good deal, ” he said, “a deal that meets our core objectives. This deal would cut off every pathway that Iran could take” to build nuclear weapons.

“If this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer, ” he said. “It is a good deal.”

Earlier on Thursday, negotiators from Iran and the major world powers reached the agreement on a framework for a final deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, and in return remove international sanctions.

According to the Washington Post, the sides would promptly start drafting a final accord to be completed by a June 30 deadline.

Under the outline deal, Iran will shut down more than two-thirds of its uranium producing centrifuges, which can be used to build a nuclear bomb, and dismantle a reactor capable of producing plutonium—while submitting to outside verification.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who has s acted as a coordinator for the six powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, told a news conference: “Today we have taken a decisive step, we have reached parameters. The political determination, the good will of all parties made it possible. “This is a crucial decision laying the agreed basis for the final text of joint comprehensive plan of action. We can now start drafting the text and annexes.”

Reuters tweeted after the Obama speech: #Israel dismisses celebrations of #Iran nuclear framework deal as “detached from wretched reality.”

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