Political framework to resolve Iranian nuclear issue welcomed by UN chief

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The Busher nuclear power plant in Iran. Photo: IAEA/Paolo Contri

A political framework that has been agreed to resolve the Iranian nuclear programme issue has been welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Negotiators from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, collectively known as the E3+3 have been holding talks with an Iranian delegation in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

It was announced on Thursday that the E3+3 had reached an agreement with Iran on a political framework that paves the way for a comprehensive joint plan of action to be achieved by 30 June.

In a statement issued after the announcement, the UN Secretary-General congratulated the team of international negotiators and Iran for their agreement.

He said the comprehensive agreement will provide for substantial limits on Iran's nuclear programme and for the removal of all sanctions imposed on the country.

The agreement will also respect Iran's needs and rights while providing assurances to the international community that its nuclear activities will remain exclusively peaceful, he added.

The UN chief said he is convinced that a comprehensive, negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue will contribute to peace and stability in the region and enable all countries to cooperate urgently to deal with the many serious security challenges they face.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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