Iran and major world powers reach “historic” nuclear deal

Iran and major world powers reach “historic” nuclear deal

Iran and six world powers have reached an historic deal over Tehran’s nuclear program, after more than a decade of negotiations.

The deal has been reached between Iran, the US, UK, France, Germany, China and Russia, during marathon talks in Vienna.

Under the agreement, sanctions imposed by the US, European Union and United Nations will be lifted, in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program long-term.

It acts on long-term concerns from the West that Tehran was attempting to create a nuclear weapon.

US President Barack Obama has hailed the deal as an historic “new direction” in negotiations with Iran.

“Because America negotiated from a position of strength and principle, we have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region,” he said.

“Because of this deal, the international community will be able to verify that the Islamic state of Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged Iran will never seek to obtain a nuclear weapon, saying such weapons are against his peoples’ religion.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif has also labelled it as a historic moment.

“We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody but it is what we could accomplish and it is an important achievement for all of us,” he said.

“Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope. Let’s build on that.”

But Israel has condemned the deal, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labelling it a “bad mistake of historic proportions.”

“Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world,” he said.

“Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons.”

But President Obama has spoken  to Mr Netanyahu to assure him the deal will not diminish America’s concerns about Iran’s support for terrorism.

Image: Reuters

 

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