“The agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.” This was the statement released today by the Vatican regarding the landmark deal made today in Vienna.
Negotiations have taken place for almost two years between Iran, the United States and several other nations. The agreement would limit the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear activities and in return, they would be relieved from sanctions placed. They would also be allowed to continue their atomic program for peaceful purposes. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would have continued access to monitor Iran’s nuclear program.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said that while the agreement “constitutes an important outcome of the negotiations carried out so far” further efforts and commitment by all the parties involved must continue “in order for it to bear fruit”.
“It is hoped that those fruits will not be limited to the field of nuclear program, but may indeed extend further,” Fr. Lombardi concluded.
Although the agreement is a significant step, details have yet to be released. The United States Congress has 60 days to review it, while in Iran, the agreement must face approval by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.