Historical nuke deal

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program, clearing a path to lift sanctions crippling its economy.

It marks formal UN approval for the hard-won, groundbreaking agreement reached between Tehran and the permanent members of the Security Council and Germany after 18 straight days of talks that capped almost two years of momentous negotiations.

The passing of the resolution sets in motion a gradual process — conditional on Iran abiding by the deal — that can terminate seven UN resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran since 2006.

The agreement with Tehran was reached last Tuesday in Vienna by the UN council’s five permanent members — Britain, China, France, Russia and the US, plus Germany.

US president Barack Obama welcomed the resolution and said he expected a hostile Congress to “pay attention” to the broad consensus behind the deal.

Mr Obama said he hoped the resolution would “send a clear message that the overwhelming number of countries” recognise that diplomacy was “by far our strongest approach to ensuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon”.

In the Security Council, ambassadors said the years of hard work on Iran should become a blueprint for how the world dealt with other crises such as those in Syria and Yemen.