(Worthy News) – A landmark Iran nuclear agreement was reached Tuesday after clearing final obstacles, and a senior diplomat said it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties.
But access at will to any site would not necessarily be granted and even if so, could be delayed, a condition that critics of the deal are sure to seize on as possibly giving Tehran time to cover any sign of non-compliance with its commitments.
Under the deal, Tehran would have the right to challenge the U.N request and an arbitration board composed of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated with it would have to decide on the issue. [ Source ]
Sanctions lifted immediately, no nuke sites dismantled, Iranians say
Iran’s state news agency says that an arms embargo on Tehran will be lifted under the nuclear deal, and that from now, the Islamic Republic will be able to import and export weapons on a “case by case” basis.
In addition, sanctions on Iran’s central bank, national airline, shipping lines, national Iranian oil company, and many other institutions and people will be lifted under the deal, and billions of dollars of frozen assets will be released.
Furthermore, no atomic facilities will be dismantled under the deal.
“All of Iran’s nuclear facilities will continue working. None will be stopped or eliminated … Iran will continue enrichment … Research and development on key centrifuges (IR6, IR-5, IR4, IR 8) will continue,” IRNA says, referring to a summary of the deal it obtained. [ Source ]
Kerry also apologized for the years of economic sanctions leveled on Iran.
“We realize how deeply the nuclear related sanctions affected the lives of Iranians,” he said. “Thanks to the agreement reached today that will begin to change. In return for the dramatic changes that Iran has accepted for its nuclear program, the international community will be lifting the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran’s economy.” [ Source ]
President Obama Threatens to Veto Any Effort by Congress to Reject the Deal
The president also vowed to veto any effort by Congress to reject the deal.
Rep. Ron Desantis (R., Fla.) condemned the deal, calling it a “gift to Iran’s ayatollah.”
“This Iran deal gives Ayatollah Khamenei exactly what he wants: billions of dollars in sanctions relief, validation of the Iranian nuclear program, and the ability to stymie inspections,” Desantis said. “It even lifts sanctions against Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during the campaign in Iraq.” [ Source ]