New Zealand has given its backing to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
After lengthy negotiations, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, along with Germany, have reached an agreement with Iran that will curb its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
"This agreement is a positive development for regional stability in the Middle East and will allow for further progress to be made in the relationship between New Zealand and Iran," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said.
"New Zealand commends all parties to the negotiations for staying the course and concluding this important deal."
As the current president of the UN Security Council, New Zealand will do what it can to expedite any necessary Security Council action, Mr McCully said.
"We call for the agreement to be implemented as soon as possible," he said.