End-of-Day Wrap-Up: A Deal With Iran

A historic nuclear agreement with Iran, why babies learn better when they're surprised, and more


What's Happening: A Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Six world powers and Iran have agreed on a framework for Iranian nuclear program, a process that took 18 months. In exchange for having economic sanctions lifted by the major powers, Iran will significantly reduce its ability to enrich uranium, agree to not create weapons-grade uranium, reduce its existing stockpile of uranium, and allow inspectors into the country.

Reactions: In a speech, Obama said the deal “cuts off every pathway” for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and emphasized inspections will work. "If Iran cheats, the world will know it." Iranian diplomat Mohamad Javad Zarif said the deal "stopped a cycle that is not in the interest of anybody." Republicans were quick to compare Obama to Neville Chamberlain, with House Speaker John Boehner emphasizing that Congress must be allowed to "fully review the details of any agreement before any sanctions are lifted."

The next step: Today's deal is only a framework, with many details still to be worked out. All parties will still need to finalize the agreement by June 30 of this year.


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