- Feb 11, 2010
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25074729Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for about $7bn (£4.3bn) in sanctions relief, after days of intense talks in Geneva.
The deal will last for six months, while a permanent agreement is sought.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, saying it would "help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran's right to uranium enrichment had been recognised. Israel, however, said the agreement was a "historic mistake".
World powers suspect Iran's nuclear programme is secretly aiming at developing a nuclear bomb - a charge Iran has consistently denied.
In a nationwide broadcast on Sunday, President Rouhani repeated that his country would never seek a nuclear weapon He hailed the deal, saying it met one of Iran's fundamental principles.
"No matter what interpretations are given, Iran's right to enrichment has been recognised," he said.
Iran agreed to halt enrichment to medium-grade (20%) purity, which can be further enriched to weapons-grade level relatively easily, and give better access to UN inspectors.
Rouhani seems to be motivated to come to an agreement with world powers about it. Skeptics point out that once economic conditions in Iran improve, Rouhani can be replaced any time, at will.