- Five Key Demands U.S. Dropped in Iran Talks – Kristina Wong
Before talks began, the Obama administration and the UN Security Council called for Iran to stop all uranium enrichment. The framework agreement allows Iran to continue enriching uranium. The U.S. initially called for limiting the number of Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium to 500 to 1,500. The agreement allows Iran 6,104 centrifuges.
President Obama said in December 2013 that Iran had no need for the underground nuclear enrichment facility at Fordow and the heavy water reactor at Arak. Both will remain in operation. U.S. negotiators also dropped demands that Iran restrict development of ballistic missiles that could be used to deliver warheads. Initially the U.S. pushed for a deal that would last over 20 years. However, the framework would see the deal’s key terms sunset in 10 to 15 years. (The Hill)
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