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Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Landmark deal reached on Iran nuclear program

Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday after 18 days of intense negotiations, to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.

The deal culminates 20 months of negotiations on an agreement that President Obama had long sought as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said his country has achieved all its four goals in the agreement that his foreign minister Zarif signed with the six world powers in Vienna on Tuesday. President of Iran Rouhani said his nation started talks with the world powers in a bid to remove all sanctions while maintaining its nuclear program and nuclear progress as two main goals.

He said the agreement came in full opposition of the Israeli regime, adding that Tel Aviv’s steadfast antagonism proved futile.

Rouhani said the regional nations are happy today to see the agreement has been struck between Iran and the 6 world powers.

He cautioned “certain parties to the nuclear talks to avoid claims that the agreement prevents Iran from developing nuclear bombs, because every one in the world knows that our Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) has placed a religious ban on the development, use or acquisition of military nuclear technology and Iran has never been after atomic bombs.”

All sanctions, including the financial, banking, energy, insurance, transportation, precious metals and even the arms embargoes and proliferation sanctions will be, not suspended, but terminated according to the Tuesday agreement as soon as the deal comes into force, he said, adding that Iran will only be placed under certain arms deal restrictions for five years.

US President Obama said the agreement offered a chance to reset vexed relations with Tehran. “Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off,” he said. “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it.” But US House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, said the agreement would “embolden” Tehran and likely “fuel a nuclear arms race.” Sealed in Vienna after a 13-year stand-off, the deal was reached between Tehran and the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “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.”

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who acted as coordinator for the powers, said: “It is a decision that can open the way to a new chapter in international relations and show that diplomacy, coordination, cooperation can overcome decades of tensions and confrontations.

Pakistan welcomes the nuclear agreement reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement said Pakistan has consistently maintained that the Iran nuclear issue should be peacefully resolved through dialogue. “As a neighbouring country, we have also reiterated that reciprocal confidence-building measures relating to Iran’s nuclear programme auger well for peace and security in our region.”

A UN Security Council resolution setting out timelines for Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal could be introduced as soon as next week, a senior US administration official said Tuesday. The US-drafted resolution will come “probably as soon as next week” and already has the backing of UN veto-wielding members who took part in the Iran talks, the official said. The resolution is expected to authorize economic retaliation in response to any breach of the deal, but will likely stop short of any reference to military consequences.

Source:Express Tribune

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