Czech foreign minister calls deal between six powers and Iran "an opportunity and a success" but says next half year will tell

The country's foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, has called a deal reached by six powers with Iran last week, agreeing to lift sanctions in return for Iran agreeing to curb its nuclear activities, an "opportunity and success". But he warned that the next half a year would show whether the agreement was being respected. He made the statement in Brussels on Monday after a meeting of all 28 EU foreign ministers. On Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously endorsed the agreement, which aims at preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon. The resolution, co-sponsored by all 15 members, authorises the lifting of sanctions so long as Iran complies with the deal.

Author: Jan Velinger