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Iran to temporarily halt nuclear program in historic international agreement


The deal, reached late last night after months of negotiation, would see Iran cease enriching uranium beyond five percent and begin diluting material that had been enriched beyond 20 percent — both of which should mean that Iran could produce nuclear energy, but not nuclear weapons. Iran will also allow UN inspectors daily access to its nuclear facilities. In a statement hailing the deal, President Obama said that the terms cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb. Critics, including some in congress, expressed concern that this deal doesnt go far enough because it doesnt completely dismantle Irans enrichment program. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has long said that Iran has a right to develop uranium and though this deal doesnt recognize such a right, it does allow for some level of uranium enrichment — but Iran will need to stop work on on a heavy water reactor that could have produced plutonium.

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