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    Obama: Diplomacy With Iran Opens Door to More Security

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, third from left, delivers statement during ceremony marking deal between Iran, six world powers, United Nations, Geneva, Nov. 23, 2013.
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, third from left, delivers statement during ceremony marking deal between Iran, six world powers, United Nations, Geneva, Nov. 23, 2013.
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    U.S. President Barack Obama has hailed peaceful diplomatic efforts that have led to a nuclear deal with Iran after nearly a decade of tensions.

    Mr. Obama spoke late Saturday in Washington after six powers meeting with Iran's representatives reached a set of initial understandings on halting the progress of Iran's nuclear program and rolling it back in key respects.  

    President Obama said the initial, six-month step includes significant limits on Iran's nuclear program and addresses most urgent concerns, including Iran’s enrichment capabilities; its existing stockpiles of enriched uranium; the number and capabilities of its centrifuges; and its ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor.

    Iran has also committed to provide increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program, which could have led to a development of nuclear arms.  
     
    In return, the United States, China, Russia, Britain France and Germany will provide limited, temporary, targeted and reversible relief to Iran.  Major sanctions, including the key oil, banking and financial sanctions will remain in place.
     
    The deal was reached after midnight Saturday in Geneva after five days of tough negotiations.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined the talks in Geneva earlier Saturday.  

    Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter held talks with Iran's Zarif on Saturday.

    World powers believe Iran's nuclear program can be used to develop nuclear arms and have imposed sanctions on the oil-rich country.  Tehran argues that it is developing nuclear power for energy and other peaceful purposes.

    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has been leading the negotiations with the Iranians.  The main sticking points have been to what extent Iran will be allowed to enrich uranium and how much sanctions against Tehran would be eased.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    November 25, 2013 11:10 AM
    So USA has been operating from fear of Iran all this while?

    by: Jai Prakash Pande from: Lucknow, India
    November 25, 2013 2:40 AM
    The understanding reached with Iran is vital for the peace & development of the countries in the neighbourhood. The whole peace loving world welcomes it. It is important for us to live & learn to let others also live peacefully.

    by: WILLIAM from: Argentina
    November 23, 2013 9:48 PM
    American, Israelies, ...and if is it real and true, the affirmation of the iranian leadership, in the concept on their proposites of iranian nuclear activities are not for a nuclear bomb, but peacefull ones?.
    Theres too many suspitions, but remember that the western Chiefs of States before the fall of Iraq, tyrane certanly, but not a nuclear proliferer. Saddam Hossein rhen in the power, when the International Community were totally convince of the existence of chemical weapons, into Saddam Hussein presidential pallaces, in the not iraqi responce, on the International asked authorization for inspections of them? what about that?, what it did the costs in military of very value human of American ,and European lives, dead for a wrong suspition of the West? wouldnt to be the same now in the case of Iran affirmation on their nuclear programme?
    Please American and Europeans Leaders, preserve the peace and the lives that are a precious jewell for the Creator, thanks VOA NEWS, if you let me express my right to tip my opinion. Thanks again

    by: Doris Bottomburp from: UK
    November 23, 2013 5:59 PM
    Catherine Ashton is a real New World Order Tyrannical Wench. What is she going to do? NOTHING.

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