UPDATE: Iran nuclear deal brings praise, anger, skepticism

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) There's mixed reaction to the international community's nuclear deal with Iran.

The Obama administration and U.S. allies in the West say it's an important first step toward curbing Iran's nuclear program.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is condemning it as a "historic mistake." He told his Cabinet that the world has become a "more dangerous place" as a result of the deal, and said Israel is not bound by it.

The agreement reached by Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers calls for Iran to curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for limited and gradual sanctions relief.

Most Gulf countries were silent in the hours after the agreement was reached in Geneva. Like Israel, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region are nervous about Iran's development of long-range missiles and its support for hostile militant groups.

But the tiny Gulf countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates applauded the agreement.

Iran's eastern neighbor Pakistan, a declared nuclear power, said the deal "should augur well for peace and security in our region and the world at large." Turkey, which borders Iran to the west, called it a "new start." India, another nuclear power, also welcomed the deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says a nuclear deal with Iran is an "important first step" toward addressing the world's concerns over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear program.

Obama says the deal includes "substantial limitations" on Iran and cuts off the Islamic republic's most likely path to a bomb.

Obama spoke Saturday night shortly after the U.S. and five partners reached an interim nuclear deal with Iran. The agreement was finalized during talks in Geneva that stretched well past midnight.

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