Deal or no deal?
- The U.S. and Iran should find common ground on the nuclear deal.
Reviving the Nuclear deal
- There is no breakthrough in one of the most contentious issues in West Asia.
- Talks collapsed as US administration refused to remove terrorist designation of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
- Both sides are still keen on a solution, but they face structural impediments.
What went wrong?
- The Obama administration and Rouhani presidency had engaged in negotiations to reach a 2015 agreement.
- It would cut off Iran’s path towards building nuclear capabilities.
- Iran was fully compliant with the agreement’s terms when President Trump unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.
- He hoped under economic pressure Iran would renegotiate the agreement.
- Instead, Iran began enriching large amounts of uranium to a higher purity
- The US administration sees negotiated agreement as the best way to limit Iran’s nuclear programme.
- But the U.S. is facing pressure from America’s allies in West Asia, especially Israel.
- Demand: Iran’s weapons programme in fresh agreement.
- Iran is resisting any attempt to expand the scope of the agreement.
- As negotiations go on, Israel has increased its shadow war with Islamic Republic.
- World currently reeling under the after-effects of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, can’t afford another open conflict.
- The U.S. and Iran should start direct negotiations to overcome differences and find common ground on the deal.