In Vienna Austria, where the US, several other world powers and Iran has been hashing out a nuclear deal for several months finally comes to an end as a formal deal has just been reached.
Under the agreement, access for nuclear inspectors monitoring Iran’s program would reportedly not be automatic, reports Fox News.
The Iranians insist they have never worked on weapons and have turned down IAEA requests to visit sites where the agency suspects such work was going on, including Parchin, the military complex near Tehran where the agency believes explosives testing linked to setting off a nuclear charge was conducted.
Iran’s acceptance in principle of access to military sites will give the agency extra authority in its attempts to go to the site and its demands — previously rejected by Tehran — to interview scientists it suspects were involved in the alleged nuclear weapons work.
Any deal will go to the U.N. Security Council, which is expected to endorse by the end of the month, to start the mechanics of implementation — long-term, verifiable limits on Iranian nuclear programs that could be used to make weapons in exchange for an end to sanctions against Tehran.
Iran and world powers are expected to announce the nuclear deal at 1:00 pm local time (IST), as the world waits for the agreement Israeli officials have deemed a historical disaster.
An Iranian diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the deal has been reached, saying, “all the hard work has paid off and we sealed a deal. God bless our people.”
Another Iranian official confirmed to the news source that the agreementwas reached.
Later Tuesday, the diplomat confirmed some alleged details of the agreement, including:
- that a UN arms embargo would remain in place for five years;
- that UN missile sanctions would stay in place for eight years;
- and that Iran has allegedly accepted a “snapback” plan whereby sanctions would be restored within 65 days if it was found that it was violating the agreement.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) of Israel blasted the agreement pre-announcement Tuesday morning, said Israel National News.
“This agreement is a historic capitulation agreement of the West to theaxis of evil led by Iran,” she stated. “The consequences of the agreementin the foreseeable future are very serious, Iran will continue to spread the terror and it will metastasize everywhere, continue to stoke the flames Middle East, and worst of all make a huge step towards being a nuclear threshold state.”
“The State of Israel will work via all diplomatic means to try to prevent the ratification of the agreement.”
Iran, which wants crippling international sanctions lifted, has always insisted that its nuclear work is peaceful.