Nuclear deal doesn't mean aligning with Iran: UK's Cameron

17th July 2015, Comments 0 comments

A landmark nuclear deal with Tehran does not represent an alignment with Iran, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview Friday.

"By signing this deal, Britain is not aligning with Iran," Cameron said in an interview with news channel Al Arabiya, according to a transcript released by his Downing Street office.

"By signing this deal, Britain -- with allies including America, Germany, France, Russia and China-- what we're doing is taking Iran away from a nuclear weapon.

"That is good for the region, that is good for regional stability, but we're not aligning with Iran."

The nuclear agreement was struck in Vienna this week after almost two years of negotiations which culminated in a final 18-day stretch of virtual round-the-clock talks.

It put strict limits on Iran's nuclear activities for at least ten years in return for the lifting of sanctions which have crippled the country's economy.

Iran has always denied Israeli and Western charges that it was seeking to build a nuclear bomb, insisting its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy and medical purposes only.

The US and Britain have been holding talks with regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel since the accord was sealed in a bid to ease concerns over the move.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is also heading to the Gulf next month to try and allay fears.

In the interview, Cameron vowed to remain "as tough as we've always been" on Iran over its close relationship with Syria and "support for terrorism".

"Of course we shouldn't be naive about the Iranian regime and some of the things they do and we need to call them out on those things," the British premier added.

US President Barack Obama told critics of the deal that they were at odds with "99 percent" of the world on Wednesday.

He said that the issue could either be resolved "diplomatically, through a negotiation, or it's resolved through force. Through war. Those are the options."

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned President Hassan Rouhani that "some of the six states participating in negotiations are not trustworthy at all."


© 2015 AFP

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