Tehran and six major world powers have reached a deal for curbs on Iran's nuclear program drawing instant condemnation from Israel. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing long-term curbs on a nuclear programme that the West has suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb. International Atomic Energy Agency boss Yukiya Amano said it was a critical step forward. "This is a significant step forward towards clarifying outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear programme. The roadmap sets out a process under the November 2013 framework for cooperation to enable the agency with the cooperation of Iran to make an assessment of issues relating to possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme by the end of 2015," he said. But hostility to the agreement from Washington's closest ally in the Middle East was immediate. "Day in, day out, I've not heard a word of condemnation from important partners, a word of condemnation for these calls of Israel's destruction as the weapons of mass destruction are being discussed with Iran," Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference. Reaching a deal is a major policy victory for both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist elected two years ago on a vow to reduce Iran's diplomatic isolation. Both men face scepticism from powerful hard-liners at home after decades of enmity between countries that referred to each other as "the Great Satan" and a member of the "axis of evil".