India and Japan have welcomed the recent interim deal reached between Iran and six major world powers over Tehran’s civilian nuclear program in Geneva, Switzerland.
“India welcomes the prospect of resolving questions related to Iran’s nuclear program through dialogue and diplomacy,” Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi on Sunday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also hailed the accord between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany.
“We’d like to welcome it as a major first step,” Kishida told reporters in the city of Fuchu, west of Tokyo, adding that Tokyo will closely monitor whether the agreement will be carried out.
Moreover, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger welcomed the agreement signed by Iran and the UN Security Council veto powers plus Germany as “an encouraging signal which points in the right direction.”
He said on Sunday that the deal brought hope that the long-standing conflict with Iran could be solved peacefully.
Also on Sunday, the Spanish government praised the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six major world powers, calling it an important milestone towards achieving a general agreement that fosters stability and security in the region.
Iran and the six major world powers sealed the interim deal in Geneva on Sunday morning to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the United States and its allies have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions and let Tehran reap as much as $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions over six months.
The Geneva accord would temporarily lift White House executive orders of July 2012 and June 2013 that imposed penalties on countries that trade petrochemicals with Iran.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the deal allows Iran to continue its activities at Arak, Fordow and Natanz facilities. The agreement also stipulates that no additional sanctions will be imposed on Tehran within the next six months because of its nuclear energy program.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran’s right to uranium enrichment is enshrined in the nuclear agreement with the Sextet.