Eu's Mogherini and Iran's Zarif, April 2, 2015.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- World powers and Iran have reached agreement on a partial political framework deal, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini announced on Thursday.
Mogherini said that the solutions reached in Lausanne would create the basis for a future comprehensive nuclear agreement to be concluded by June 30.
Zarif said Iran will continue enriching uranium at Natanz site but not at the Fordow. Fordow will be converted into a nuclear physics site, the EU foreign envoy said.
"Framework" for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks
Preparing for the announcement, Zarif said the parties had "found solutions" after eight days of marathon nuclear talks. The German Foreign Office said that negotiators had reached "agreement on a framework for a final agreement," while Mogherini, declared "good news" on Twitter.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on twitter declared a "big day as world powers, Iran agree on "parameters to resolve major issues on its nuclear program."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also tweeted that said Solutions on the key parameters of the Iran nuclear case had been reached," and drafting on the agreement would start immediately and be finished by June 30.
Western officials said they were unsure just how much of an agreement would be made public. Before the announcement, Reuters reported that two-thirds of Iran's current enrichment capacity will be suspended and monitored for ten years under the agreement.
Diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany worked straight through a self-imposed deadline on Tuesday night in its talks with the Islamic Republic. Those powers, known formally as the P5+1, aim to cap, restrict, monitor and partially roll back Iran's nuclear work for a finite period.