"Historic" deal on Iranian nuclear programme welcomed by UN

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Akhbar Salehi in Vienna. IAEA Photo/D. Calma

An agreement reached between international negotiators and the Government of Iran has been welcomed by the United Nations, and was described as a "historic" deal by the UN Secretary-General.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the agreement sets out a road map which enables it to assess possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme by the end of 2015.

The Director General of the UN nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, said it will help the IAEA establish "an understanding of the whole picture" concerning Iran’s nuclear issues.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

In a statement on Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General congratulated Iran and the group of P5+1 nations involved in negotiations.

These include the five permanent members of the Security Council—China, France, Russia, the UK, the US, plus Germany.

Ban Ki-moon said he knows the immense amount of work that went into reaching this agreement, which he added was "so painstakingly" worked out by world leaders.

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

Meanwhile, the road map signed between the IAEA and Iran in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday was described by the UN nuclear agency as a "significant step forward" which will set a clear sequence of activities over the coming months.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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