Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
The AP has reported that the P5+1 group of countries has reached an initial agreement with Iran in regard to its nuclear energy program (h/t to Little Green Footballs). This is a preliminary/intial agreement for the next six months to create space for the negotiators to work out other issues. It leaves the overall sanctions regimes in place and allows for the relaxed sanctions to be reimposed if the Iranians violate the agreement. The NY Times has more of the specifics:
"According to the agreement, Iran would agree to stop enriching uranium beyond 5 percent. To make good on that pledge, Iran would dismantle links between networks of centrifuges.
All of Iran’s stockpile of uranium that has been enriched to 20 percent, a short hop to weapons-grade fuel, would be diluted or converted into oxide so that it could not be readily used for military purposes.
No new centrifuges, neither old models nor newer more efficient ones, could be installed. Centrifuges that have been installed but which are not currently operating could not be started up.
The agreement, however, would not require Iran to stop enriching uranium to a level of 3.5 percent or dismantle any of its existing centrifuges."
Once the Israeli Prime Minister makes a formal response, I'll post an update...
* Adam L. Silverman is the Cultural Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Army War College and/or the US Army.
** Atom image found at Wisegeek.