A temporary agreement has been reached between six world powers, including Iran, on Tehran’s nuclear program. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, stated Iran’s possible nuclear proliferation will not lead to a new-age, post-Cold War nuclear arms race. Last Thursday, a deal was reached with the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia, China, and Iran that will decrease and control Tehran’s nuclear research and manufacturing for at least the next 10 years. The deal also means Western sanctions on the nation will be gradually lifted.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, stated the final agreement may threaten his country’s well-being and increase the risk of Middle East nuclear proliferation. Though, Lavrov explained there are no further speculation about an arms race due to the fact that Iran will be checked periodically and maintained fastidiously.
Lavrov also said that lifting the sanctions will help alleviate some of Russia’s national debt. Iran will now be able to pay in full for the deals made with Russia’s nuclear agency, Rosatom.
By Alex Lemieux
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