Iran has agreed to general terms for curbing its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of U.S. and European economic sanctions. In an interview with “Democracy Now!” hosts Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Seyed Hossein Mousavian — who served as a nuclear negotiator for Iran between 1990 and 1997 — said, “Definitely the deal is a historic achievement, and definitely this is a road to peace.”

Mousavian is a research scholar at the Program on Science and Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Last year, he published the book “Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace.”

“Democracy Now!” reports:

As part of the deal, Iran must reduce the number of its centrifuges that can be used to enrich uranium into a bomb by more than two-thirds. Iran also has to redesign a power plant so it cannot produce weapons-grade plutonium, eliminate much of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and be subject to regular international nuclear inspections. While U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the deal would contribute to peace and stability in the region, praise for the deal was not universal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the agreement as a “threat to Israel’s existence.”

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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