November 24th, 2013
09:58 AM ET

3-decade gridlock broken: The nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva

By Jim Sciutto and Ben Brumfield, CNN

The diplomatic gridlock between Iran and the West seemed immovable for decades. But on Sunday, diplomats made history when Iran and six world powers came together on an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.

The deal dials back Iran's ability to work toward a nuclear weapon and at the same time loosens the choke hold of international sanctions on Iran's economy.

The two sides now have six months to find out how historic the breakthrough really is. That's the duration of the preliminary agreement hammered out in Geneva, Switzerland, by Iran and the P5+1 - the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

"There are lots of things, regrettably, that we still have to work on. Our hope is that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif want to build this different relationship, want to show in clear ways as we go forward that the program is peaceful," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN's "State of the Union."

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  17. StanCalif

    As our Secretary of State, Kerry has accomplished 100% more than our former secretary, Hillary Clinton! Now Hillary dreams of running for President?!?!?! All she did as sec. of state was use her "miles" to travel all over the world accomplishing absolutely nothing! She gave Putin a "reset button", then did nothing more. If you don't like Obama, why on earth would you like Hillary???
    I was initially very opposed to Kerry as Sec. of State, but now he has proven himself. Kerry has done more in less than one year than Hillary could ever accomplish in her lifetime!

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    • Random

      Yes take the opportunity that obama created, where iran is <2 weeks from breakout to try to rally politics around the people responsible for allowing iran to get this far. Nevermind the fact we are <2 weeks from a bright , warm flash.

      Do you think perhaps we have more important things to worry about than promoting your politics of choice?

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