LIVE BLOG: Iran agrees to framework of nuclear deal
- Delegates in Switzerland have ‘found solutions’ after eight marathon days of negotiation in Lausanne, Iran foreign minister says
- "Exclusively peaceful nature" and "lifting of all sanctions" expected at start of talks.
- A comprehensive nuclear accord is meant to be drafted by 30 June.
Hundreds of Iranians took to the streets in Tehran early Friday to celebrate a breakthrough in talks with the West that may end the country's 12-year-long nuclear crisis.
The capital's longest street, Val-e-Asr Avenue, was lined with cars as drivers sounded their horns in approval of a framework deal intended to lead to a comprehensive agreement with Western powers in June.
"Whatever the final result of the negotiations, we are winners," 30-year-old Behrang Alavi said on Val-e-Asr at around 1:00am (8:30pm GMT) as the noise reverberated around him.
"Now we will be able to live normally like the rest of the world," he said, as people flashed V-signs for victory and danced while waving white handkerchiefs in a traditional Iranian celebration.
The scenes came after Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said key parameters of the framework for a deal had been agreed with the West, paving the way for a final deal by 30 June.
It marks a major step to address the West's concerns that Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, with curbs being placed on Tehran's nuclear programme.
In exchange Iran will see sanctions that have hobbled its economy being removed upon verification that the nuclear programme is peaceful.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the "historic understanding" with the Iran but cautioned that more work needed to be done before a deal can be sealed.
A traditional Iranian song 'Sar Oomad Zemestoon' or 'Winter is Over' is trending on Twitter in Iran. The ballad was widely shared during the 2009 revolutionary Green Movement.
"The winter has come to an end, the spring has blossomed.
The sun has come again like a red flower(rose) and the night escaped away.
The mountains are covered with tulips, the tulips are alive, planting the sun in the moutains flower by flower by flower.
In the mountains, his heart is alive, is bringing the gun, the flower and the wheatear. In his heart, he has a forest of stars.
His lips wear a smile of light, his heart filled with the flames of emotion, his voice like a source and his memory like a deer in distant woods."
In a speech at the Whitehouse Obama hailed the deal as a "historic opportunity" and issued warnings to congress not to stop the proposed framework from going ahead:
A fact sheet has been circulating on Twitter summarizes the following conditions of the framework for the deal:
-Iran's Fordow enrichment plant to be transformed into a nuclear physics research centre
-The Arak heavy water plant to be rebuilt so it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium
-Iran is to slash its nuclear centrifuges from 19,000 to 6,000
-All economic sanctions against Iran to be lifted once Iran fulfils obligations under agreement
-Iran to be limited to just one nuclear facility at Natanz
Iranians are taking to the streets to celebrate the prospect of an end to 36 years of international sanctions. (Many were already out celebrating the 13th day of Nawruz, the New Year)