Accord on Iran's nuclear programme welcomed by UN chief

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Iran’s nuclear programme

An interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme announced on Sunday has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

According to reports, representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany, collectively known as the P5+1 came to an agreement with Iran in the early hours of Sunday.

Iran is reported to have agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for some relief in the sanctions imposed on the country as a result of suspicions that it has a nuclear weapons programme.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban congratulates the negotiators for the progress they have made.

The statement says the six-month accord could "turn out to be the beginnings of a historic agreement for the peoples and nations of the Middle East region and beyond."

Mr. Ban "urges the Governments concerned to do everything possible to build on this encouraging start, creating mutual confidence and allowing continued negotiations to extend the scope of this initial agreement."

The statement says "the Secretary-General reaffirms his unswerving commitment to strengthening nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation regime."

"The Secretary-General calls on all members of the international community to support this process which, if allowed to succeed, is likely to be to the long-term benefit of all parties" the statement concludes.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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