UN welcomes 'historic' Iran deal

2015-07-14 14:14
Ban Ki-moon (AP)

Ban Ki-moon (AP)

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New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday welcomed the "historic" agreement to curb Iran's nuclear programme, saying it could help bring peace to the Middle East.

Ban praised the "determination and the commitment" of the negotiators who hammered out the deal, as well as the "courage of the leaders" who approved it.

"I hope, and indeed believe that this agreement will lead to greater mutual understanding and cooperation on the many serious security challenges in the Middle East," Ban said in a statement.

"As such, it could serve as a vital contribution to peace and stability both in the region and beyond."

Ban, who was in Ethiopia for a development financing summit, said the United Nations "stands ready to fully cooperate with the parties in the process of implementing this historic and important agreement."

John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry says the Iran deal he spent the last 19 days negotiating in Vienna is "the good deal that we sought". Throughout nearly two years of talks, US officials have said that "no deal is better than a bad deal."

Kerry said that the US and its partners would have finished the negotiations a long time ago had they been willing to settle for a lesser deal.

"We were determined to get this right and I believe our persistence paid off," Kerry told reporters at a news conference in Vienna, adding that the agreement marked a historic day.

-AFP, AP

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