Date
17 December 2017
Ambassadors of various nations endorsed Monday a UN Security Council resolution on the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Reuters
Ambassadors of various nations endorsed Monday a UN Security Council resolution on the Iran nuclear deal. Photo: Reuters

UN Security Council backs Iran nuclear deal

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers, a move which US President Barack Obama said reflects broad international support for last week’s deal. 

The European Union also approved the deal, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions, Reuters reported.

But elsewhere, top Iran Revolutionary Guards commander Mohammed Ali Jafari denounced the agreement, saying that it interferes with Iran’s military operations and crosses “red lines” set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the report said.

“We will never accept it,” he was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

Iranian hardliners are worried that UN inspectors may gain some access to sensitive military sites under the resolution, which becomes international law.

In return for lifting the US, EU and UN sanctions that have crippled its economy, Iran must accept long-term limits on the nuclear program.

The agreement also faces opposition in some Middle East states, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Israel warned Monday that it fears the pact would translate into more money for Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia group, and others hostile to Israel.

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