Thanks;Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) – A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.
The agreement — described as an “initial, six-month” deal — includes “substantial limitations that will help prevent Iran from creating a nuclear weapon,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.
The deal, which capped days of marathon talks, addresses Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran’s “ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor,” according to a statement released by the White House.
Iran also agreed to provide “increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program,” it said.
There was no immediate reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has consistently asked the West to be wary of any deals with Iran.
However, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yubal Steinitz reiterated the Israeli government stance when he said Sunday morning that the last-second amendments put into the agreement are “far from satisfactory.”
“This agreement is still bad and will make it more difficult than before to achieve an appropriate solution in the future,” he said.
Obama warned that if Tehran violates terms of the deal, “We will turn off the relief and ratchet up the pressure.”
You can be sure that President Obama will speak to Prime Minister Netanyahu” on Sunday about the Iran agreement,
A senior administration official said Obama will speak with Netanyahu sometime Sunday.
Jim Sciutto is in Geneva, and Chelsea J. Carter reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s David Simpson, Greg Botelho, Neda Farshbaf, Tom Dunlavey, Alexander Fenton and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.