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Global reactions to the finalisation of the historic nuclear deal

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 July 2015, 12:40 IST

After almost two years, three extended deadlines, the momentous Iran deal was finalised in Vienna on 14 July. While gas and oil prices plummeted downwards, everyone in political newsrooms was abuzz with excitement.

Here are the reactions of the people who made the deal happen (and did not want it to happen):

Hassan Rouhani, President, Iran

reached out to his countrymen through Twitter: '#IranDeal shows constructive engagement works. With this unnecessary crisis resolved, new horizons emerge with a focus on shared challenges'.

Barack Obama, President, US:

'Today after two years of negotiation the United States together with the international community has achieved something that decades of animosity has not: a comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon... This deal is not built on trust. It's built on verification'.

John Kerry, US Secretary of State

told reporters: "This is the good deal that we have sought. contrary to the assertions of some, this deal has "no sunset"'. He also spoke highly of Obama, commending him in the situation when, 'when many thought the objective was impossible, and who led the way from the start to the finish'.

Federica Mogherini, Foreign policy chief, EU

said: 'Under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons'.

Yukiya Amano, Chief, International Atomic Energy Agency

said that the 'road map' for the future of Iran's nuclear programme has been initiated and more details will be finalised by the end of 2015.

Benjamin Netanyahu took to Twitter to express his disagreement: 'When willing to make a deal at any cost, this is the result. From early reports, we can see that the deal is a historic mistake'. He later told reporters, 'Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability'.

First published: 15 July 2015, 10:51 IST