Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged that his nation will abide by its commitments in the “historic” nuclear agreement reached in Switzerland, declaring that the deal opens a “new page” for the country.
In a televised address on Friday, Rouhani said a final agreement would depend on both sides living up to their commitments.
“If the other side honours its promises, we will honour our promises,” he said, a day after Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Britian, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany – clinched a tentative framework for a nuclear deal.
Rouhani’s speech came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the deal, issued a statement on Friday demanding that any final nuclear agreement with Iran must include a commitment from Tehran recognising Israel’s right to exist.
“Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel’s right to exist,” he said.
“Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.”