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Le Monde - France | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Clever sanctions led to nuclear agreement

The agreement reached on Tuesday in the nuclear dispute with Iran was made possible in particular by the UN's clever use of sanctions, former Georgian foreign minister Salome Zurabishvili comments in the centre-left daily Le Monde: "The sanctions enabled both the negotiations and their outcome, while avoiding the worst dangers of Iranian nuclear weapons and war. The UN's targeted sanctions proved their worth. By sparing the civilian population as much as possible they were all the more readily accepted and legitimated by the international community. ... Sanctions can be effective if their goals are limited and clearly defined. And above all if they do not deviate from their initial objectives as negotiations progress. That is the condition for their functioning properly, and for the Iranian model being used again in the future."

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