Britain hails Iran nuclear deal compliance, says 'world a safer place'

16th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond hailed Saturday's implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and global powers as an "important landmark" that made the "world a safer place".

"The nuclear deal with Iran, in which Britain played a major role, makes the Middle East and the wider world a safer place", the British minister said in a statement.

Britain was one of the six major powers who struck July's historic deal with Iran, which sees it limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.

Hammond said that "years of patient and persistent diplomacy... have borne fruit".

"There were many sceptics who said Iran would never deliver on its side of the bargain, but the independent International Atomic Energy Agency has said they have," said Hammond.

"Iran's nuclear programme has been substantially rolled back," he added, before urging British businesses to capitalise on the lifting of international sanctions against Iran.

"The future is as important as the landmark we've reached today," he said.

© 2016 AFP

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