The Latest On Iran Deal: Obama To Deliver Speech From White House
The United States and five of its allies have reached a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
As we've reported, the deal puts tough restrictions on Iran's nuclear ambitions and also sets up an inspections regime that makes sure Iran is meeting its obligations. In exchange, the U.S. and its European partners have agreed to drop tough sanctions on Iran, allowing them to sell more oil and rejoin international financial systems.
We've got a broad outline of the news at another post. Here, we'll keep up with all the updates that emerge throughout the day. Make sure to refresh this page for the latest:
Update at 6:59 a.m. ET. A Good Deal:
Announcing the deal in Vienna, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, said the deal meant Iran accepted that its nuclear program would remain "exclusively peaceful" and that it would "never seek to acquire a nuclear weapon."
"We delivered on what the world was hoping for: a shared commitment for peace," she said.
She added: "What we are announcing today is not only a deal; it's a good deal."
Update at 6:41 a.m. ET. Obama's Speech:
While the deal represents a breakthrough — one that leaves behind decades of animosity and years of tough negotiations and secret talks — this is far from over, because the agreement still has to be approved by various world capitals.
President Obama is scheduled to speak 7 a.m. in effort to try to begin selling the deal to the American people and a recalcitrant Republican Congress, which has two months to approve the deal.
Here's a live stream from the White House:
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