Vatican Backs Iran Nuclear Deal; Sees it in ‘a Positive Light’

Pope Francis gives the thumb up as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito
Pope Francis gives the thumb up as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

The Holy See lauded the nuclear deal struck between Iran and world powers on Tuesday, asserting that it views the agreement in “a positive light.”

“It constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far, although continued efforts and commitment on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit,” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office.

“It is hoped that those fruits will not be limited to the field of nuclear program, but may  indeed extend further,” he added.

The deal culminates a two-year diplomatic effort in which the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, led by the United States, have sought to end a twelve-year crisis over Iran’s suspicious nuclear work.

The agreement will govern Iran’s nuclear program for over a decade.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report

SOURCE: The Jerusalem Post

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