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Turkey welcomes Iran nuclear program agreement

23 November 2013 14:37 (Last updated 24 November 2013 16:50)
The agreement constitutes the beginning of the deal process and short-term confidence-building measures, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

ANKARA

Turkey has welcomed the agreement reached between Iran and the P5 +1 countries -- the United Nations (UN) Security Council's five permanent members and Germany -- on Iran's nuclear program, expressing that it would provide all possible support during the upcoming process on Sunday.

"We congratulate Iran and the P5 +1 countries for their constructive efforts during the process," said a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.  

The statement noted that the agreement constitutes the beginning of the deal process and short-term confidence-building measures.

The historic agreement on Iran's nuclear program, inked in the early hours of Sunday morning at a penning ceremony in Geneva’s Palace of Nations, requires Iran to halt or scale back parts of its nuclear infrastructure, the first such pause in more than a decade.

The agreement foresees an initial six-month period that brings boundaries to Tehran’s nuclear program and it address concerns about Iran’s enrichment capabilities, existing stockpiles, centrifuges and ability to produce weapons-grade nuclear material with the Arak reactor.

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