Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israe
After marathon talks in the Austrian capital, an accord was reached on Tuesday that is aimed at ending a 13-year standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions after repeated diplomatic failures and threats of military action.
Following news that a deal had been struck, Denmark’s foreign minister, Kristian Jensen, said the nation fully supported the “historic agreement”.
“The world has come a giant step closer to being safer after today’s deal, which will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme has only civil goals,” Jensen said in a statement.
“Denmark fully backs the IAEA’s [The International Atomic Energy Agency, ed.] important work to monitor and verify that Iran holds up its end of the deal. That is essential,” he added.
Jensen said that international sanctions against Iran should be stopped or suspended as long as Iran follows through on the deal.
“Today’s agreement thus opens new opportunities for Iran in relation to the rest of the world,” he said.
The deal puts strict limits on Iran's nuclear activities for at least a decade and calls for stringent UN oversight, with world powers hoping that this will make any dash to make an atomic bomb virtually impossible.
In return, painful international sanctions that have slashed the oil exports of OPEC's fifth-largest producer by a quarter and choked its economy will be lifted and billions of dollars in frozen assets unblocked.
The deal — which was built on a framework first hammered out in April — is US President Barack Obama's crowning foreign policy achievement six years after he told Iran's leaders that if they “unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us”.
It was hailed by Iran and the European Union as a new chapter of hope for the world but branded a “historic mistake” by the Islamic republic's arch foe Israel.
The Local Austria has much more on the Iran nuclear deal here.