The Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi attends the weekly Friday prayer on April 3, 2015, in the Iranian capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE
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Iran and world powers scored a major breakthrough with a framework deal aimed at stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, but major work is needed to finalize the potentially historic accord, analysts said Friday.Iran and six major powers late Thursday agreed after 18 months of talks, culminating in a grueling marathon of sleepless nights in a Swiss hotel, the main parameters of what the final deal will look like.This, the U.S. says, will extend the "breakout" time needed to make one bomb's worth of nuclear material to one year and make any dash to get the bomb easily detectable, giving the world ample time to react to any such move by Iran.Iran denies wanting nuclear weapons and the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, Germany and France also gave ground, saying they would lift U.S., EU and U.N. Security Council sanctions that have strangled Iran's economy.The framework agreement was, however, very light on detail on when exactly all this will happen once the final comprehensive deal is agreed on June 30 .In addition, there will be the possibility for a "snap" back of the sanctions if Iran violates the deal.
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