(CNN) — An agreement has been reached on Iran and its nuclear program following intense talks in Geneva, European Union spokesman Michael Mann tweeted early Sunday.
The deal is the first step in ending a decades-long standoff over the country’s nuclear intentions.
The White House said that “the initial, six-month” Iran nuclear deal includes “substantial limitations” and addresses the United States’ “most urgent concerns.”
Among them are Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, what to do about its existing enriched uranium stockpiles, the number and potential of its centrifuges and Tehran’s “ability to produce weapons-grade plutonium using the Arak reactor.”
Iran also agreed to provide “increased transparency and intrusive monitoring of its nuclear program.”
President Barack Obama said “an opening for diplomacy emerged” with the election of Iran’s new president.
“Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path to a world that is more secure,” Obama said after news of an Iran nuclear deal.
President Obama also promised that “the United States of America will do our part” to further world peace.