Nov. 24 - World leaders and Iran reach a preliminary agreement on scaling back the country's nuclear programme in exchange for reduced sanctions. Julie Noce reports.
Foreign ministers from six countries reach an historic deal with Iranian officials on reducing the country's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief. U.S. President Barack Obama spoke from the White House moments after the deal was reached. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Today that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure... A future in which we can verify that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon." Details of the agreement include Iran's commitment to stop expanding its uranium enrichment program and to provide IAEA inspectors daily access to it's nuclear facilities. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters the deal will help remove doubts about the purpose of the country's nuclear programme. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF SAYING: I believe that it is important that we, all of us see the opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis and open new horizons based on respect for the rights of Iranian people and removal of any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme. All parties involved have agreed the deal is only a first step. The preliminary pact would run for six months while world leaders and Tehran hammer out a broader, longer-term settlement.