Some of you may have heard the news that yesterday, after months (or really years) of trying, the United States, Iran and the other parties to the negotiations — the so-called “P5+1” group, or the United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, the five members of the security council, plus Germany — have reached the framework of an accord.
Under the accord, Iran agreed to cut the number of operating centrifuges it has by two-thirds, to 5,060, all of them first-generation, and to cut its current stockpile of low-enriched uranium from around 10,000 kilograms to 300 for 15 years. Enrichment will be allowed to continue only at the Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility; at their Arak facility, the reactor creating weapons-grade plutonium will be redesigned to halt that activity. In return the United States and the European Union would lift sanctions.
To read the actual text of the agreement released yesterday: Iran-Nuclear-Deal-Framework-Agreement.
Predictably, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said that the agreement would “threaten the survival of Israel.” Of course, Netanyahu has been claiming that the destruction of Israel was right around the corner because of Iran’s nuclear program since 1996.
Maybe President Obama can finally earn his Nobel Peace Prize, the one he won essentially just for getting elected. I, for one, think the world may be just marginally safer with this agreement, assuming that the parties can stay on track and work out the rest of the details.