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U.N. endorses Iran nuclear agreement

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power (centre) votes along with other Security Council members on the Iran resolution at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday. —PHOTO: AFP

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power (centre) votes along with other Security Council members on the Iran resolution at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday. —PHOTO: AFP  

The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution that endorses the historic deal on Iran’s nuclear programme and clears a path for international sanctions crippling its economy to be lifted.

Representatives of all 15 countries on the council voted by raising their hands.

“The draft resolution has been adopted unanimously,” announced New Zealand Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, whose country holds the current presidency of the Security Council.

The passing of the resolution marks formal U.N. endorsement for the hard-won, groundbreaking agreement reached between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group after 18 straight days of talks that capped almost two years of momentous negotiations.

On condition that Iran respects the agreement to the letter, seven U.N. resolutions passed since 2006 to sanction Iran will be gradually terminated, according to the text.

“When our nations truly unite to confront global crises, our influence grows exponentially,” said U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, calling for similar collaboration on other problems such as the suffering in Syria.

“It should motivate us to do far more,” she added.

China’s Ambassador Liu Jieyi also welcomed the vote and called it “the first important step” towards implementing the deal reached in Vienna. — AFP

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