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Deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 02:00

Iran and six major world powers have reached a nuclear deal, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations. Paul Chapman reports.

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They talked long into the night but it seems it's all been worth it. Iran and six major powers have reached a landmark deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency announced what's taken more than ten years to arrive (SOUNDBITE)(English) YUKIYA AMANO, "I have just signed the roadmap between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA for the clarification of the past and present outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear programme. The agreement will see international sanctions on Iran lifted in return for long-term curbs on a nuclear programme the West has long seen as a plan to create atomic weapons. Some sanctions could be reinstated in 65 days if the deal is violated. Bans on the sale of weapons and buying of missile technology will stay in place for now. Iran's Foreign Secretary says it's a new chapter of hope. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IRANAIN FOREIGN SECRETARY MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF SAYING: "We are reaching an agreement that's no perfect for anybody but it is what we could accomplish and it's an important achievement for all of us." Not everyone's happy about it. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calling it a historic mistake and there's unease among Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, LINDA, SAYING: "I'm not convinced that the agreement as I understand it will actually stop Iran from getting a bomb but you have to try." (SOUNDBITE) JERUSALEM RESIDENT, ABE, SAYING: "Regardless of what the guarantees are, Iran just like North Korea cannot be trusted." It's a major policy victory for U.S President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart. Both will face scepticism at home after decades of enmity between nations which referred to each other as The Great Satan and a member of an Axis of Evil.

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Deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 02:00