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'Hard road ahead' on Iran nuke deal

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 - 02:04

Nov. 25 - World leaders face a tough time ahead as they seek to turn an interim deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities into a comprehensive agreement. Paul Chapman reports

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The interim deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme's being hailed a historic landmark but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the tougher task will be turning it into a comprehensive accord. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "Now the really hard part begins, and that is the effort to get the comprehensive agreement which will require enormous steps in terms of verification, transparency and accountability." Foreign ministers of many nations are broadly welcoming the agreement (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY WILLIAM HAGUE SAYING: "It's a very important opportunity for the future and I think it vindicates the police of pressure through sanctions and diplomacy through negotiations in which the United States and the United Kingdom have been strong partners for so long and will remain strong partners over the coming months." (SOUNDBITE)(English) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER AHMET DAVUTOGLU SAYING: "This is the first step. We hope this will continue in a positive spirit. Any relief of tension in our region and global affairs, Turkey will be very supportive." (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SAYING: "This agreement is beneficial for protecting international nuclear non-proliferation, is beneficial for peace and stability in the Middle East and is beneficial for all parties to develop normal relations with Iran and of course is beneficial for the Iranian people for them to have a better life. This agreement includes all parties concerned. The key for the next step is to carry it out." The interim deal will limit Iran's nuclear activities in return for seven billion dollars worth of sanctions relief. Its terms include a halt to construction of the Arak nuclear research reactor, and end some of its uranium enrichment operations. In a hint of the tough talking that lies ahead there are already differences between the U.S and Iran on the enrichment issue. Washington also faces the task of patching up strained ties with its staunch Middle East ally, Israel, whose prime minister called the deal a historic mistake.

'Hard road ahead' on Iran nuke deal

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 - 02:04

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