Scott: We are starting off today with a deal between Iran and other world powers struck over the weekend. Tom Hanson has the details.
Tom: After three decades of deadlock, Iran and six other countries have finally reached an agreement about Iran’s nuclear program.
President Obama: These are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.
Tom: Iran’s leaders say the country is not developing a bomb, instead enriching uranium for nuclear energy. But international inspectors have found that Iran is on its way to enriching uranium powerful enough for a weapon.
So, for the first time, Iran was willing to sit down with the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and other world leaders to negotiate. After days of discussion at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Iran agreed to limit its stockpiles of uranium and scale back on other nuclear activities. In exchange, the U.S. and other countries are going to ease up on some of those harsh economic punishments on Iran. Those are called sanctions. Now, those sanctions made it illegal for some countries to do business with Iran, costing Iran billions of dollars and also crippling its economy.
Mohammad Javad: I believe it is important that we, all of us, see the opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis.
Tom: Iran began building its nuclear power program back in the 1950s with full support of the U.S. But in 1979, the Iranian government was overthrown in a bloody revolution and a new Islamic regime took over. Iran and the U.S. became enemies and over the years, Iran’s leaders have threatened the U.S. and its allies, including Israel, who worries that Iran would use a nuclear weapon to attack them. The Israeli prime minister spoke out against the new agreement saying Iran should not be allowed to enrich any uranium.
Benjamin Netanyahu: So Israel is not bound by this agreement. We cannot, and will not, allow a regime that calls for the destruction of Israel to obtain the means to achieve this goal.
Tom: With the recent election of a new Iranian president, talks have finally opened up. The new deal is just the first step but it presents a big shift in a relationship decades in the making.
Tom Hanson, Channel One News.
Scott: The deal is just temporary, lasting six months, while the two sides work out a long-term agreement.