Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran Nuclear Talks

The U.S. and five other nations struck a deal to end Iran's nuclear program, but many in Washington feel that it is not strong enough.
(NBC News) We're expecting more reaction today to the deal halting Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. and five other nations struck an agreement over the weekend. 

But there's a lot of skepticism in Washington and from our ally Israel. Even after a personal call to Israel's prime minister, they're not hopeful at all.  

Lawmakers here are skeptical too, claiming the Obama Administration gave too much, too soon. "The burden is on Iran to prove to the world that its nuclear program will be exclusively for peaceful purposes," said President Barack Obama.

The agreement calls on Iran to stop building a nuclear reactor, reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium, and create much less uranium - not enough to build a nuclear weapon.

In exchange, the world will halt further economic sanctions and allow Iran to get $6-$7 billion from frozen accounts. 

Plus, Iran agrees to daily inspections. "It's not based on trust - it's based on verification. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The deal slows down Iran's nuclear program but doesn't stop it. That's what's got Israel concerned. "This agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place[.] It's an historic mistake," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Even some of the President's closest allies don't think it's enough. "It's disappointing to me that Iran is still going to be allowed to enrich while they're talking," said Rep. Eliot Engel, (D) New York.  

"We just feel more pressure needs to be brought in Iran," said Rep. Ed Royce, (R) California.  

"We've got all of the leverage in the negotiation. And we've let them out of the trap," said Senator Saxby Chambliss, (R) Georgia.  

It took a year of secret meetings to get this far. 

President Obama insists this framework will lead to a more comprehensive agreement in six months.

Lawmakers here are already pushing the administration to have stronger economic penalties ready, if Iran doesn't live up to its end of the bargain.

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