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Anger in Israel as historic deal on Iran nuclear power reportedly reached

Iran and six major powers have reached a historic nuclear deal, which will grant Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme, an Iranian diplomat said.

"All the hard work has paid off and we sealed a deal. God bless our people," the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Another Iranian official confirmed the agreement.

A spokeswoman for the European Union said the foreign ministers of Iran and the six major powers - including the US, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany, will meet for talks at 10.30 am at the United Nations centre in Vienna to be followed by a news conference. The spokeswoman did not confirm the deal.

The diplomats have been holding marathon diplomatic negotiations at the ministerial level for more than two weeks to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Iran's nuclear programme.

ANGER IN ISRAEL

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal was a mistake of historic proportions while deputy foreign minister accused Western powers of surrendering to Iran.

"This deal is a historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil headed by Iran," Tzipi Hotovely said in a message on Twitter. "Israel will act with all means to try and stop the agreement being ratified."

 

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