Blessed are the Peacemakers: President Obama and John Kerry have helped broker a long-term nuclear deal with Iran. It's a great day for the Middle East and the World.
From USA Today
"Today, we have taken a decisive step. We have reached solutions on key parameters for a comprehensive future nuclear deal," European Union Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini said in formally announcing the deal in Lausanne, Switzerland.
She said Iran would not produce weapons-grade fuel and international monitors will have enhanced access to Iran's nuclear facilities.
She said sanctions would be "terminated" but did not specify the timetable, which has been a sticking point of the negotiations. Iran pushed to lift them immediately, while the United States wants most of them in place until Iran follows through on terms of the deal.The precise timing will be determined as the negotiators work out a final agreement scheduled for completion in June.
In Israel, Netanyahu wasn't too happy. You'll recall he was tickled to death with the #47Traitors in the U.S. Senate who told Iraq not to make a deal.
Tweets from Bibi's spokesperson:
PM Netanyahu to Pres Obama: A deal based on this framework would threaten the survival of Israel. #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: In these fateful days Iran is accelerating the arming of its terror proxies to attack Israel #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
PM Netanyahu: This deal would legitimize Iran's nuclear program, bolster Iran's economy & increase Iran's aggression & terror #IranTalks— Mark Regev (@MarkRegevPMO) April 2, 2015
GOP Presidential hopefuls went on the record - surprise, they are against Obama!
Awaiting more details on #Iran deal but early reports indicate this is Obama admin spinning diplomatic failure.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 2, 2015
I cannot stand behind the reported details of the flawed Iran agreement. https://t.co/4K707sRmKz— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 2, 2015
And why not drag Hillary into this as well - thanks, Jeb!