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Geneva deal on Iran — positive sign to world

November 25, 2013, 12:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On Monday, the Russian newspapers focus on results of the negotiations in Geneva over the Iranian nuclear program
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MOSCOW, November 25. /ITAR-TASS/. On Monday, the Russian newspapers focus on results of the negotiations in Geneva over the Iranian nuclear program, which resulted by Sunday morning in a productive breakthrough.

Participants in the Geneva interim agreement on limits of the Iranian nuclear program call it historic, while Israel’s authorities call it a historic mistake, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes.

Under the interim agreement, Iran will limit its nuclear program. Tehran stops enrichment of uranium above 5% and eliminates the entire 200 kilograms of 20% -enriched uranium. At the same time, the country has a right to enrich uranium to 3.5-5% to be used for fuel in the nuclear reactors. Besides, Iran will provide an access for IAEA inspectors for more thorough inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stresses the most important is the confirmation of the right for enrichment and restoration of trust. Zarif’s message on the deal, published on Facebook in Farsi early in the morning on Sunday, burst up the Internet. Within two hours it collected 47,979 “likes” — the Iranians exulted.

“The negotiations (between the US and Iran) have continued at various levels for the entire 35 years, as the relations were broken,” Vladimir Sazhin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oriental Studies told Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

“Results of the Geneva talks mean a clear success of the moderate forces in Iran and in the US. Both President Rouhani and President Obama will have reasons to present to their opponents inside their countries,” Andrei Baklitsky of the PIR-Centre told Kommersant. “For Russia this is also no less success, as for over a decade it has been insisting on the position, which made the essence of the agreement.” “If the Geneva agreement is observed, the Middle East will be more secure. The side of losers rather features Israel and Saudi Arabia as Iran’s major regional competitor,” the expert said.

However, it is too early as yet to speak about a diplomatic victory. “The action plan adopted in Geneva offers the pace for six months only, and it may be considered successful only if the agreement is observed,” Andrei Baklitsky said.

“The human instinct of survival, peoples’ aspiration for peace and international security dictate powerfully to their leaders a cold-blood achieving of peaceful objectives instead of warming up a "cold war" to the degree of the war fever,” Moskovsky Komsomolets writes.

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