Failure to achieve a deal on Iran’s disputed nuclear program would mean “catastrophe” for the region, Oman’s foreign minister told Reuters, but an agreement would bring peace despite lingering political disagreements.
“There are those who prefer peace, this is why there are negotiations between the 5+1 and Iran,” Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi told Reuters in the Omani capital Muscat on Thursday.
“Those who prefer wars - they should be willing to accept losses. Heavy losses. Catastrophe.”
Oman was a key intermediary when Tehran and Washington launched secret talks on a possible nuclear deal in 2013.
Oman sees itself as a conciliator in the volatile region. It has a history of constructive relations with Tehran, and recently agreed to buy Iranian gas for the next quarter century.
Asked if a deal would lead to a nuclear arms race in the region - a fear often voiced by opponents of a deal, including Saudi leaders - bin Alawi said no.
“Everyone has the rights to seek any path which leads to ... more strength, but what is allowed by the international community is peaceful program,” he said.
Iran denies seeking atomic weapons, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. Major powers suspect the work is intended to obtain a weapons capability.
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