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    On Thursday, Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, which include the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom plus Germany, agreed on a political framework for a comprehensive agreement to ensure a peaceful nature of Iranian’s nuclear program.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A final deal on the Iran nuclear program will have damaging impact on the United States and its allies, US House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said in a statement on Friday.

    “If this deal moves forward the consequences for the US and our allies in the region will be dire," McCaul stated. “The Obama Administration's efforts to get a deal at any cost, will have a greater cost than the world can bear.”

    The West has long accused Iran of intending to create a nuclear weapon under the guise of a civil nuclear energy program — a claim that Tehran has repeatedly denied.

    “Iranian leaders will now find a nuclear weapon dangerously within reach,” McCaul asserted. “When people show you who they are, it's important to believe them the first time.”

    Since November, 2013 Iran and the P5+1 group have been negotiating to reach a comprehensive agreement.

    According to the Thursday deal reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran will reduce the number of its centrifuges from the current 19,000 installed to 6,104, with only 5,060 of them enriching uranium.

    Tehran will also not enrich uranium over 3.67 percent for 15 years and will reduce its stockpile from 10,000 kilograms (about 22,000 pounds) of low-enriched uranium to 300 kg (660 pounds) of 3.67 percent low-enriched uranium for at least 15 years.

    The final comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is set to be reached by June 30, 2015.

    Iran's Nuclear Program Amid Western Sanctions (551)


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