Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday praised
the success of this week's unprecedented mission to Tehran by the
British, French and German Foreign Ministers to address concerns
about Iran's nuclear program, IRNA reported from London.
"I think that the foreign ministers did an excellent job and there
is now an agreement by Iran that they will comply fully with the
atomic energy authorities," he said at his monthly press conference.
"The important thing is not to say that but do it. People will
expect it to be fulfilled," Blair said in his first public reaction
to the agreement reached in Tehran by Jack Straw, Dominique de
Villepin and Joschka Fischer.
The mission was seen as the first EU test to turn the tide against
US unilateralism in its military domination of the world following the
bitter disputes over the war against Iraq, in which Britain sided with
the US against France and Germany.
IAEA head Mohammad El-Baradei described a settlement with Iran as
a "win-win situation" and said it could lead to "new chapter in the
relationship between Iran and the West, particularly Europe."
But like Iraq, doubts have emerged about Britain's determination
to stick with the EU diplomatic track and not to side with any US
Speaking earlier Thursday on BBC radio, Straw appeared to play
down the agreement with Iran, saying it was "successful as far as it
went" and that while words are important, the "test of the words is
German Parliament voices satisfaction over EU-Iran nuclear deal
German parliamentary deputies across the
political spectrum expressed satisfaction with the recently signed
nuclear agreement between Iran and the European Union, IRNA reported from
"This negotiation style (in Iran) could serve as model for solving
the other nuclear dispute in North Korea," said MP of the governing
Social Democratic Party, Uta Zapf, during her speech in the German
She added that the agreement was a "great success of a wise
dialogue-and negotiation diplomacy".
Meanwhile a deputy of the opposition Christian Democrats, Ruprecht
Polenz, urged "comprehensive disarmament talks" for the Middle East
region following the latest European-Iranian nuclear accord.
Another MP of the liberal Free Democrats (FDP), Harald Leibrecht,
said Europe's Iran initiative was an example of how a unified
European foreign policy could look like.
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