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Iran Moves Closer to Nuclear Deal
Feb 17, 2015

With an approaching deadline on reaching a nuclear deal with P-5+1 ((China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), Iranian officials signaled a willingness to come to an agreement, with Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif telling a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defence officials that this is the opportunity.

  • The US and its five negotiating partners, the other members of the UN Security Council and Germany, hope to clinch a deal setting long-term limits on Iran’s enrichment of uranium and other activity that could produce material for use in nuclear weapons.

  • Both sides are under increasing pressure ahead of two deadlines: to agree on main points by late March, and to reach a comprehensive deal by June 30.

  • Iran said that now was the window of opportunity to come up with a final deal. 

  • Iranian Foreign Minister met individually at the Munich Security Conference with each country involved and said, “This is the opportunity to do it, and we need to seize this opportunity.’’ 

  • Iran felt that progress had been made in the past months and suggested it would be unproductive to further extend negotiations. 

  • The Iranian Foreign Minister said, “We’re reaching the point where it is quite possible to make an agreement and I do not believe anything will be different a year down the road.”

  • Interestingly, The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a weekly Cabinet meeting, “We will do everything to thwart a bad and dangerous deal that will cast a dark cloud on the future of the state of Israel and its security.”

  • Iran says its programme is solely for energy production and medical research purposes. 

  • Iran has agreed to some restrictions in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from US economic sanctions.

Supreme Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all major decisions, said that Iran agrees with the USA that no agreement is better than an agreement that doesn’t meet its interests. I would go along with any agreement that could be made. Of course, if it is not a bad deal. No agreement is better than an agreement which runs contrary to our nation’s interests.


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