AP posted the following as breaking news at 7:18 a.m.
“VIENNA — The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has agreed to a draft deal on its nuclear program.
In addition, diplomats say the deal would see the country ship out most of its enriched uranium to Russia, stripping Tehran of most of the material it would need to make a nuclear weapon.
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Wednesday that Iran and the U.S., Russia and France have signed off on a draft deal that he hoped would be approved by the nations’ capitals by Friday.
He gave no details. But a diplomat inside the closed meeting told The Associated Press that the draft foresees the export most of Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.
Iran says it is enriching to provide fuel for a future network of nuclear reactors. But enriched uranium can also be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads.”
There’s a lot of cause for skepticism here. Draft deals sometimes don’t become official deals, especially when Iran is involved. And sometimes official deals aren’t implemented.
In this case, even an actual deal that is implemented won’t permanently solve the problem of Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But if the AP report proves correct, it would certainly represent important progress on a problem that until now has seemed to defy progress.