Israel condemns UN's Iran vote

Israel condemns UN's Iran vote

New Zealand has had its first big moment chairing the United Nations Security Council, overseeing a unanimous vote backing the Iran nuclear deal.

But peace didn't last long - within minutes Israel condemned the action, saying the UN had awarded a great prize to the world's most dangerous country.

New Zealand is chairing the Security Council for a month and Foreign Minister Murray McCully oversaw the historic vote.

The vote follows the deal announced last week and means Iran must limit its nuclear programme, with the UN promising to lift crippling economic sanctions in return.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the council of hypocrisy by "granting legitimacy to a country that is systemically violating Security Council resolutions and calls for the destruction of Israel".

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