Nuclear deal to 'open new horizons': Iran's Rouhani

Nuclear deal to 'open new horizons': Iran's Rouhani
A picture obtained from Iran's ISNA news agency shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaking during an open session in the parliament in Tehran on November 10, 2013.

TEHRAN - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani hailed an agreement with world powers over Tehran's nuclear drive, saying it would "open new horizons".

"Constructive engagement (in addition to) tireless efforts by negotiating teams are to open new horizons," Rouhani said on Twitter after intensive talks in Geneva produced a long-elusive accord.

Rouhani said the deal had been made possible due to "Iranian people's vote for moderation", referring to his surprise election victory in June against a pool of conservatives.

The historic deal came after five days of intensive negotiations between Iranian interlocutors and high-ranking delegations from the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany in the grouping known as the P5+1.

The talks had hit snags over a few points of difference, including Iran's insistence to have what it calls its "right" to enrich uranium to be recognised by the six major powers.

The White House said such a right was not inserted in the deal, while a senior Iranian negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said Iran's "enrichment programme" had been recognised.

His boss Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking to Iranian journalists shed some light on the issue.

"This right does not need to be independently recognised. Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful and the recognition is included in the article" four of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"The sanctions are being reduced," Zarif said in the remarks reported by Iranian media, adding that the reduction would be implemented within "two or three weeks".

Zarif also said Iran's cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog would increase over the next six month, the period for the interim agreement.

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