Iran nuclear deal passes amid controversy
Republicans unhappy over deal
WASHINGTON D.C. – In Washington and Tehran, U.S. and Iranian leaders have finally come together and said that they have agreed on a deal that would stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and begin a new chapter in relations between their countries.
Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani called it a good agreement, the answers to his people's prayers.
"We have been able to reach a new pinnacle," Rouhani said.
Iran would get relief from economic sanctions in return for limiting its nuclear activities if it opens itself up to inspections.
"We have unprecedented access through this, in terms of verification," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
The Obama administration said that at the very least, Iran would go from being able to make a bomb in two to three months, to at least a year.
"We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region," President Barack Obama said. "(But) this deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification."
Congress has about two months to review the plan but Republicans aren't happy.
"If, in fact, it's as bad a deal as I think it is at this moment, we'll do everything we can to stop it." House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
Israel called the deal a "stunning historic mistake," criticizing the leaders who agreed to it.
"They gambled in 10 years' time Iran will change while removing any incentive for it to do so," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
The Iran nuclear agreement is also expected to help Americans at the gas pump.
Oil analysts predict gas prices will fall to $2 a gallon later this year, since the nuclear deal will make it possible for Iran to resume selling oil to the U.S., something it hasn't haven't been able to do since 1995.
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