Nuclear Deal Ends Sanctions Against Iran


The most powerful nations of the world, including Russia and China have reached an agreement with Iran that will stop the country's nuclear weapons program and end sanctions against the Islamic nation.

A short time ago inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has met the world community's demands to restrict the development of nuclear weapons.  In return, economic sanctions, which have been in place for many years,  will be lifted. Iran also agreed to release four Americans held in Iran, including a Washington Post correspondent.

The nuclear deal will stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon that may endanger the whole Middle East . However, it can use nuclear power to produce energy.

According to the deal Iran must

  • reduce the amount of uranium that the country has
  • stop enriching uranium, which is needed to make bombs
  • use the centrifuges for peaceful purposes

Inspectors from the IAEA will constantly watch and monitor developments in Iran. According to the agreement they can enter nuclear sites at any time.

Sanctions against Iran have been in place for several years. Western country's did not buy Iranian oil, so that the country lost hundreds of millions of dollars in incomeIn addition, Iran has over 30 billion dollars in frozen foreign assets, which are now available again.

During the past years Iran's economy has been suffering strongly. Unemployment rates and inflation have been very high. In order to boost the economy the country needs billions of dollars in foreign investment .



The nuclear deal with Iran has brought mixed reactions around the world. Iranian president Rouhani has welcomed the deal, stating that it will open up a new age of relations with western countries. However, many western nations, including Israel,  are sceptical that Iran will keep up to its end of the deal. According to the west, Iran already had enough enriched uranium to build several bombs.

Shortly after the nuclear deal was reached, the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Iran because the country was building ballistic missiles.



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