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Positive reactions to Iran nuclear deal trickle in

Under the new deal, weapons inspectors will have unlimited access to nuclear sites.

(From L) EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Deputy director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexey Karpov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on 2 April 2015, at the The Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. Picture: AFP/ FABRICE COFFRINI

JOHANNESBURG - There has been mostly positive reaction to a nuclear deal with Iran, which will prohibit the building of weapons.

US President Barack Obama says the deal is built on verification and not trust and ends a decade of difficult talks.

However, Israel has called the agreement a historic failure and has cautioned the world against supporting it.

Under the new deal, weapons inspectors will have unlimited access to nuclear sites.

Ninety percent of Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium will also be removed, while the international atomic energy agency will monitor the entire process.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said, "The true measure of this agreement is not whether it meets all the desires of one side at the expense of the other. The test is whether it will leave the world safer and be more secure without it."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has welcomed the gradual withdrawal of sanctions.

"Sanctions can never be removed all at once; they should be step by step."

The US has warned Iran that it will reinstate sanctions if it violates the terms of the agreement.

Meanwhile, the international community has warned Iran that if it violates the terms of a nuclear agreement sanctions will be reinstated immediately.

The nuclear deal has been met with cautious optimism by most countries with Kerry saying it was the only solution.