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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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Details emerge on historic Iran deal

UN missile sanctions on Iran will remain in place for five years under the deal reached on Iran's nuclear programme, according to diplomats cited by the Reuters news agency.

The deal also allows for the restoration of sanctions within 65 days - a so-called snapback plan - in the event of non-compliance by Tehran, the Reuters' sources said.

These issues were among the biggest sticking points in the months of negotiations preceding the announcement of nuclear deal this morning.

Foreign ministers from Iran and the six negotiating powers are due to meet in Vienna at 09.30 UK time and will announce the details of the historic deal at a press conference.

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