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Deal Reached With Iran On Nuclear Program

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It was hugs and kisses in Geneva, Switzerland as Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers congratulated one another on the deal. It was concluded in the middle of the night after marathon negotiations that included secret, high-level diplomacy carried out over the past year. On ABC's "This Week," Secretary Kerry defended the deal, which does not require Iran to dismantle its nuclear program.

Kerry said,"We will be negotiating the dismantling, we will be negotiating the limitations. But you can't always start where you want to wind up."

Under the plan, Iran agrees to:

  • Freeze its nuclear program and
  • Open its nuclear facilities to daily inspection by international officials

In return, the Tehran Regime gets:

  • Six to seven billions dollars in relief from international sanctions battering its economy
  • No new sanctions

And the deal is temporary -- a stopgap whose terms are only for six months. Any more comprehensive deal is expected to be much tougher.

President Obama said, "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program and key parts of the program will be rolled back."

But the pact brought a sharp rebuke from Israel's president. Benjamin

Netanyahu called it "a historic mistake" and a step forward in Iran's quest to build nuclear weapons -- which Iran denies doing.

Netanyahu pointedly added that Israel is not bound by the deal. Some Republicans are also skeptical.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA, said, "Now is just not the time to ease sanctions when they are working. We've got all of the leverage in the negotiation. And we've let them out of the trap."

While in Iran, their negotiating team returned home to a heroes' welcome.

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