07/24/2015, 00.00
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For Pune bishop, the Iran nuclear deal is "a sign of a better world"

by Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Thomas Dabre speaks about historic agreement reached in Vienna last week. Iran has become aware of its nuclear capability. Nuclear weapons make the world more insecure.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Mgr. Thomas Dabre, bishop of Pune (Maharashtra), told AsiaNews that the iran nuclear deal “is a really decisive and memorable event”.

Inked in Vienna, the agreement between Tehran and the 5+1 group* was welcomed by a broad spectrum of the international community, except for a few critics, most notably Israel and the Republican-controlled US Congress.

Under its terms, the deal limits Iran’s nuclear capacity and provides for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange for an end to sanctions. The exception is the arms embargo, which remains in place for another five years.

What follows is Mgr Dabre’s message, which he has kindly agreed to share with our readers.

The historic agreement reached on Iran's nuclear project is a really decisive and memorable event.

As soon as weapons of mass destruction like nuclear weapons disappear, the better it is for all of humanity. No one is safe when nuclear weapons are in the hands of any country.

This issue of nuclear capability has been the focus of policy over the last 40 years. There were ups and downs because of nuclear proliferation. Nations have real concerns, but also imperialist ambitions. Therefore, the question is confusing.

However, given that nuclear weapons will always remain a potential danger, any success in reducing nuclear capabilities should be well received and appreciated.

We must therefore be grateful for the agreement with which Iran has come to understand its own nuclear potential. The result of the agreement with Iran will certainly be a safer future for humanity. And this is the "sign of a better world."

* The 5+1 group includes the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – United States, Russia, China, Great Britain and France – and Germany.

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