UN leader Ban Ki-moon said today that a nuclear deal struck by international powers with Iran could be “historic” for the Middle East, his spokesman said.
Ban “warmly welcomes” the preliminary accord under which Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in return for sanctions relief, said the UN spokesman Martin Nesirky.
Ban said the accord “could turn out to be the beginnings of a historic agreement for the peoples and nations of the Middle East region and beyond.”
Iran struck the deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, and Ban said all sides must work on “creating mutual confidence and allowing continued negotiations to extend the scope of this initial agreement.”
The Elders, a group of former world leaders, also welcomed the accord, but called for swift followup measures to make sure it is carried out.