President Obama has hailed a deal restricting Iran’s nuclear programme as a “historic understanding” which, if implemented, will make the world safer. Read more from the BBC:
The framework agreement, struck after intensive talks, aims to prevent Tehran making a nuclear weapon in exchange for phased sanction relief.
Iran and the six world powers involved must now finalise the deal.
Iranians have been celebrating in the streets but Israel says the deal threatens its survival.
“This will be a long-term deal, that addresses each path to a potential Iranian nuclear bomb,” the US President said in a statement after the deal was announced.
“If Iran cheats, the world will know it,” he said, adding that the agreement was based not on trust but on “unprecedented verification”. He said that if the deal is finalised, “we will be able to resolve one of the greatest threats to our security, and to do so peacefully”.