A general view of a heavy water plant in Arak, 320 km south of Tehran, August 26, 2006. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE
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The United Nations' nuclear watchdog confirmed Saturday that Iran had curbed its nuclear program as agreed with world powers, paving the way for most international sanctions against Tehran to be lifted. Following are details of what this means: BREAKOUT The July 14 nuclear deal aims, for the next decade, to extend the amount of time it would theoretically take Iran to produce enough fissile material for an atomic bomb – so-called breakout time – from several months to a minimum of one year.U.N. SANCTIONS All U.N. sanctions resolutions passed between 2006 and 2010 are terminated.U.S. SANCTIONS Under the agreement, the United States is suspending nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.Most U.S. sanctions involving U.S. actors remain in place.Under snapback, punitive sanctions are automatically reintroduced if Iran fails to comply with the deal.A July 20 Security Council resolution allows all U.N. sanctions to be reimposed if Iran breaches the deal in the next 10 years.
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