SA eager to resume trade with Iran

An historic nuclear agreement will see sanctions lifted on Iran

(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

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's International Relations Ministry says the country is looking forward to resuming normal trade with Iran, once sanctions are lifted.

An historic agreement was reached this week between Iran and six major world powers.

Under the deal, sanctions would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on a nuclear program that the West suspects was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Israel on the other hand has pledged to do what it could to halt what it called an "historic surrender".

But Post-doctoral Fellow in Middle East Politics, Christopher Ferrero says this could be seen as positive for Israel.

"It does delay an Iranian nuclear weapon or prevent one. It does bring some semblance of order back to a region that has been completely unravelling and if we can see some sort of thaw in relations between the United States and Iran, perhaps this could be a bridge to getting Iran to cooperate with groups like Hezbollah and Hamas."

The agreement will now be debated in the US Congress, but President Barack Obama said he would veto any measure to block it.