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William Hague On Iran: "Not Pursuing Peace Would Be A Grave Error"

The Foreign Secretary tells the House of Commons that Foreign Office staff played an "indispensable role" in talks.

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British Foreign Secretary William Hague after his arrival at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva on November 23.
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague after his arrival at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva on November 23.

This afternoon William Hague told the House of Commons that existing sanctions on Iran will continue.

Hague: "there'll be no new nuclear related sanctions during next 6 months" but re existing sanctions 'we will enforce them robustly'

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Hague: "there'll be no new nuclear related sanctions during next 6 months" but re existing sanctions 'we will enforce them robustly'

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We are right to test to the full Iran's readiness to act in good faith.

He described the deal as "an important step that gives us time to negotiate a comprehensive settlement," and gave an update on other diplomatic moves:

.@WilliamJHague says he is in constant touch with the Israeli government over #Iran

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.@WilliamJHague says he is in constant touch with the Israeli government over #Iran

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He even found time to praise opposition politicians for their work.

William Hague generous in tribute to Cathy Ashton and Jack Straw. Commons statement on Iran.

John Rentoul

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William Hague generous in tribute to Cathy Ashton and Jack Straw. Commons statement on Iran.

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Key points of the deal include:

- Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond 5%

- Will give greater access to inspectors

- No further development of the Arak plant, which it is believed could produce plutonium.