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World leaders react to historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program

The historic agreement reached Tuesday aimed at preserving Iran’s civilian nuclear program but preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon was viewed as hopeful by some world leaders but condemned by others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “capitulation” and “historic mistake.” He said at a meeting in Jerusalem, “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons.”

In a message to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted by the state news agency SANA, meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called the accord a “major turning point” for the world.

“We are confident that the Islamic Republic of Iran will support, with greater drive, just causes of nations and work for peace and stability in the region and the world,” said al-Assad, indicating that Tehran now can turn its attention to supporting his efforts to battle an insurgency.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, and others, had an economic take on the nuclear resolution. It’s a “very positive development” that could lead to more investment with Iran, he said, according to Reuters.

“There is a real opportunity for Iran to benefit from this agreement in terms of its economy, but this will only happen if Iran delivers on all the agreed actions required to fully address international concerns about its program,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Pakistan’s national security adviser Sartaj Aziz said he “welcomed” the deal and hoped it would remove Washington’s opposition to constructing a gas pipeline connecting Iran to Pakistan, reported the Associated Press.

The nuclear agreement faces a difficult approval process in Congress, where some lawmakers disagree with the concessions made to Iran.

“Instead of making the world less dangerous, this ‘deal’ will only embolden Iran — the world’s largest sponsor of terror — by helping stabilize and legitimize its regime as it spreads even more violence and instability in the region,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Oil prices tumbled globally after word of the deal emerged. Iran holds the fourth-largest proved oil reserves in the world, and investors think the deal could lead to Iran’s oil flooding the market.