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President Barack Obama said on Saturday (November 23) that a deal between Iran and six major powers was an important first step towards a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear programme. The accord was designed as a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and confrontation and banish the spectre of a Middle East war over Tehran's nuclear aspirations. The West fears that Iran has been seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Obama addressed the objections Israel and other Middle East nations had towards a deal with Iran. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BARACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, SAYING: "As we go forward, the resolve of the United States will remain firm, as will our commitment to our friends and allies - particularly Israel and our Gulf partners, who have good reason to be skeptical about Iran's intentions. Ultimately, only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran's nuclear program. A