Powers to ease Iran sanctions in event of nuclear deal: UK

Powers to ease Iran sanctions in event of nuclear deal: UK
Tue Nov 12, 2013 08:53:47

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague says the group P5+1 world powers would lift some of the sanctions they imposed on Iran if a preliminary deal could be reached over its nuclear program.

"An interim agreement would involve offering Iran limited, proportionate sanctions relief," Hague told the British parliament on Monday, reiterating that a "deal is on the table ... and can be reached".

According to Reuters, Britain wanted an interim agreement with Iran as a first step towards a full deal on Tehran's nuclear program, he added, in an update to lawmakers. Despite reports to the contrary, he claimed world powers had a united stance in talks with Iran at the weekend and that no one country had vetoed a deal.

Washington and some of its allies used the false allegation as a pretext to push the UN Security Council to impose four rounds of sanctions on the Islamic Republic between 2006 and 2010.

Tehran has categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.


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