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Comment on Iran nuclear agreement

WCC general secretary's public comment on Iran nuclear agreement

27 November 2013

WCC general secretary's public comment on Iran nuclear agreement

We welcome the interim nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers reached here in Geneva on 24 November. We pray that this agreement becomes a sign of hope in a region where many yearn for peace. This common ground offers the region and the world a glimpse of a more promising future.

We are grateful for the diplomats who participated in patient dialogue to create an opening in a wall that has isolated Iran for more than 30 years.

We urge all parties to use the agreed upon six-month span of confidence-building to reach toward a longer-term horizon for improved relations and mutual obligations which all the countries involved need.

This agreement reminds us of how important the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is for peace in the world, and particularly in the Middle East. May God help all of us to continue our efforts towards a future without nuclear weapons.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary