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Print edition : December 27, 2013

In Geneva on November 24, after the nuclear deal was signed. In the picture are (from left) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP

A major concession given by Iran is the decision not to commission the heavy water reactor it is constructing in Arak, 320 km south of Tehran. Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP

President Hassan Rouhani. He said the deal showed that the “world powers have recognised our nuclear rights”. Photo: HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCYAFP

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who gave full support to the negotiations. Photo: Office of the Supreme Leader/ho/ap

Rouhani with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (left) in Tehran on November 28. Photo: ho/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He slammed the nuclear deal as a "historical mistake". Photo: ABIR SULTAN/AFP

The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the West will partially lift the sanctions on Iran and go a long way in reducing tensions in West Asia.
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