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Iran Makes Deal to Limit Nuclear Program

On Friday, the government of Iran agreed to a deal, saying that they would limit their nuclear program and give international inspectors more access to production sites within the country. In exchange, the United States and other western countries agreed to lift nearly $7 billion in financial sanctions. The agreement is part of an effort to prevent Iran from acquiring stockpiles of nuclear weapons. After signing the six-month deal, however, there did seem to be some confusion concerning some important details—over the weekend Iran President Hassan Rouhani said that the agreement preserved the country’s “right” to enrich uranium, a claim Secretary of State John Kerry disputed.

Despite the confusion, the deal has been met with both praise and criticism from other leaders. Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and State Department official Thomas Pickering called it “The beginning of the end of the Iranian nuclear weapons program.” But, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal with Tehran will be remember as “a historic mistake” and that the Iranian government can not be trusted. In Iran, non-elected local leaders and mullahs regularly call for the destruction of Israel …

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