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World powers and Iran confirm nuclear accord

World powers and Iran have formally announced a comprehensive nuclear accord.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, said: "Today is an historic day."

She added that it was a great honour "for us to announce that we have reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue".

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Russia's Putin welcomes Iran nuclear deal

Russia's President Vladimir Putin Credit: Reuters

Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, has welcome the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that with the deal signed "the world can breathe a sigh of relief".

The deal will see an easing of sanctions on Iran, including a UN arms embargo and ban on Tehran's ballistic missile programme, an advantage to Russia which is keen to sell arms to Iran.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister who has been involved in the nuclear talks, said that after the deal arms deliveries to Tehran would be possible if approved by the UN Security Council.

He also said Russia was counting on the United States carrying out a promise, which he said it had made in 2009, not to deploy missile defence systems in Europe once a nuclear deal was reached with Iran.,

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