Tehran, 21 Jul - The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) objected on Monday to the United Nations Security Council resolution that is part of the landmark nuclear agreement, asserting it crossed some “red lines” concerning Iranian defences.

The objection, by Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, appeared to open a new point of contention within Iran’s political hierarchy.

General Jafari’s remarks, reported in an interview with Iran's state-run Tasnim news agency, appeared to be primarily concerned with the restrictions in the Security Council resolution on the Iranian regime’s missile capabilities.

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New York, 20 Jul - The United Nations Security Council on Monday endorsed a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but it will be able to re-impose UN penalties during the next decade if Tehran breaches the historic agreement.

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Washington, 15 Jul - The United States on Wednesday circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would endorse the Iran nuclear deal, reached earlier in the week between Tehran and the major world powers, but retain an arms embargo and ban on ballistic missile technology, said diplomats ahead of a likely vote next week.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power briefed the 15-member council on the draft document behind closed doors.

The deal reached on Tuesday in Vienna with Iran was negotiated by Germany, the European Union and the five permanent, veto-wielding members of the Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

PARIS (AFP): An exiled Iranian opposition group known for making revelations about Tehran's nuclear drive in the past regretted Tuesday that Iran was allowed to continue enriching uranium under a historic deal.

Reached on day 18 of marathon talks between the 5+1 countries - the United States, Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany - and Iran, the deal aims at resolving a 13-year standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

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London, 14 Jul - Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations to curb Tehran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

US President Barack Obama hailed a step towards a "more hopeful world" and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it proved that "constructive engagement works". But Israel pledged to do what it could to halt what it called an "historic surrender".

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