23-09-2021 02:41 PM Jerusalem Timing

Iran, Global Powers Agree ’Key Parameters’ of Nuclear Deal

Iran, Global Powers Agree ’Key Parameters’ of Nuclear Deal

Iran and world powers said they had reached agreement on Thursday on "key parameters" of a potentially historic nuclear deal.

N-TalksIran and world powers said they had reached agreement on Thursday on "key parameters" of a potentially historic nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the drafting of an agreement would begin immediately, after marathon talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne.

The text of a binding agreement "is to finish by June 30th" Rouhani added in a tweet sent minutes before a joint statement between Iran and the P5+1 group of leading nations was to be made in Lausanne.

After eight days of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted it was a "big day" and that the global powers and Iran "now have parameters to resolve major issues on nuclear program. Back to work soon on a final deal".

His comments were echoed by European powers.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hailed "good news" at the talks and said that Iran's capacity to enrich uranium would be "reduced".

The German foreign ministry said an "understanding had just been reached on key points" of an accord.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is negotiating in Lausanne, also said on Twitter: "Found solutions".

The Iranian media said the deal would see Iran slash the number of its centrifuges to 6,000 from 19,000, including 1,000 at the key underground nuclear site of Fordo.

The aim before this round of talks began was to agree the main contours of a deal to be finalized by June 30 that reduces in scale Iran's nuclear program in return for relief from painful sanctions.

The powers hope that this will make it virtually impossible for Iran to make nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian program and end a crisis raging for 12 years.

Global powers want Iran to scale down its nuclear program to extend the "breakout" time needed to assemble enough nuclear material to make a bomb, which Iran has always denied seeking.

But Iranian negotiators have been under pressure from domestic hardliners not to give too much away -- while also delivering on Rouhani's promise to win the lifting of sanctions.