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Britain hails Iran nuclear deal compliance, says ‘world a safer place’

French FM Laurent Fabius (2ndR), German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier (2ndL), British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) talk during negotiations on the Iran deal in Vienna on July 14, 2015British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond hailed Saturday's implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and global powers as an "important landmark" that made the "world a safer place". "The nuclear deal with Iran, in which Britain played a major role, makes the Middle East and the wider world a safer place", the British minister said in a statement. Britain was one of the six major powers who struck July's historic deal with Iran, which sees it limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.