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UK vows to support Gulf states

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the deal with Iran will impose strict limits and inspections on its nuclear program.

Hammond says in a statement that world leaders recognize that there will be concerns in the region.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond addresses the media in front of the Palais Coburg Hotel, venue of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 2, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI)
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond addresses the media in front of the Palais Coburg Hotel, venue of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 2, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / SAMUEL KUBANI)

“We will maintain our clear position in support of the Gulf states and against Iranian interference in their internal affairs,” he said.

He also notes that granting the International Atomic Energy Agency access to verify Iran’s adherence to the agreement will provide confidence that its nuclear program is peaceful.

Hammond said he hopes and expects that the agreement will herald change in Iran’s relations with its regional neighbors and the world. He said Iran will be encouraged to play a constructive role, “particularly in the struggle against violent Islamist extremism.”

— AP

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