Iran and six world powers reached an agreement Tuesday to reign in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting international economic sanctions.
While full details of the agreement have not yet been disclosed, it reportedly allows United Nations inspectors extensive but not automatic access to nuclear sites within Iran. The work to form an agreement between the world powers -- the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Germany -- and Iran has been ongoing for some 12 years and possibly marks a new era in relations between the Middle East and the west.
Iran's foreign ministers called the agreement "historic" and said it opens a "new chapter of hope." But Israeli officials said the agreement is flawed, saying Iran can not be trusted. On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Iran's increasing aggression is more dangerous than that of ISIS, and the true goal of this aggression in the end is to take over the world."
"Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said before a meeting in Jerusalem. "Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world. This is a bad mistake of historic proportions."
A formal announcement is expected at a press conference midday in Vienna after a final meeting. Later today, President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, will make statements.