Cameron hails Iran nuclear deal

Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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David Cameron has hailed a “strong” deal struck at international talks over Iran’s nuclear programme.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini announced last night that the over-running talks had finally “reached solutions on key parameters of a joint comprehensive plan of action” to be thrashed out by June 30.

Iran – which denies seeking to develop nuclear weapons – hopes to see sanctions eased by agreeing to restrictions on its programme.

The government in Tehran has agreed to limit enrichment capacity, accept conditions on research and development, and allow greater oversight of its activities.

In return it will secure “significant” economic and financial sanctions relief, including the termination of all UN Security Council resolutions.

Speaking on a visit to Chorley, Lancashire, Mr Cameron said: “I believe this is a great deal and a strong deal.”

He added: ” We are all concerned about Iran getting nuclear weapons but what this deal does is block all the pathways to a nuclear weapon, and then have proper inspection and verification.

“Crucially the sanctions that have done so much to bring Iran back to the table, they don’t come off unless Iran implements its side.”

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the deal would “provide reassurance that the programme is peaceful”.

“This is well beyond what many of us thought possible even 18 months ago and a good basis for what I believe could be a very good deal,” he said last night.

“But there is still more work to do. The fine detail of any deal will be very important, in particular specifics of oversight measures and mechanisms for handling UN Security Council resolutions.

“Diplomats and technical experts from all sides will work intensively over the coming weeks to finalise the detail by the end of June. Sanctions will remain in place until the comprehensive deal is agreed and implemented.”

Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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