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Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran's nuclear activity

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by poncho, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signaling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.

    Aimed at easing a long festering standoff, the interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  2. thisnumbersdisconnected

    Apr 11, 2013
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    Yeah, right. An agreement that fails to hold Iran accountable, offers relief from sanctions without a guarantee they can be reimposed when (not "if") Iran fails to uphold its end of the bargain, and essentially betrays our allies in the Mideast, most notably Israel and Saudi Arabia. It guarantees a nuclear Iran will become a reality, not the opposite it purports to accomplish. In short, like everything the Great Pretender touches, it's a joke.
  3. kyredneck

    kyredneck Well-Known Member
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    Jul 28, 2009
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    Meanwhile, some details from the Indian perspective:

    US-Iran clinch interim nuclear deal: Blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia; relief for India

    "...The agreement, when fully realized, has the potential to dramatically alter the geo-political landscape of the Middle-East, Gulf, and South Asia, affecting the strategic outlook and orientation of major countries from Israel to India and in between.

    Under the first phase of the agreement, clinched in a 3am signing ceremony in Geneva, Iran will stop enriching uranium beyond five per cent, effectively giving up the higher levels of enrichment needed to produce fissile material for nuclear weapons. It will also divert or convert its stockpile of 20 per cent enriched uranium into an oxide form so it cannot be used for military purposes.

    Iran will also not install any new centrifuges nor start up any that are not already in operation or build new enrichment facility, while submitting to daily international inspections that will make it almost impossible for it to work towards making nuclear weapons.

    In return, Iran will get to keep its existing centrifuges, be able to enrich uranium below five per cent for civilian nuclear uses, and receive relief from crippling US-led sanctions (including getting some revenues seized by past sanctions) for the next six months, during which a more detailed, longer term agreement will be negotiated.

    At a broader level, it will begin the process of recasting strategic alignments in the region. Untrusting Israel, haunted by an existential crisis that comes from a (mutual) pathological fear of a nuclear-armed rival, straightaway rejected the deal, suggesting US and its allies had been suckered by Teheran. Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, which fears its cozy equation with Washington being eclipsed by a Shia-dominated Iran returning to the US sphere of influence, also lashed out at the agreement.

    Nearer home, the US-Iranian detente provides an exit route for the United States from landlocked Afghanistan while reducing its dependence on extremist Pakistan, which is extracting a ransom for the 2014 drawdown from Afghanistan.

    It will also come as a big relief for India, which has had to do juggle and balance four aspects — its growing strategic partnership with the US., its strong military relationship with Israel, its economic and social investments in Afghanistan, and its civilizational ties with the Persian power. An Indian-built road from the Afghan border town of Zaranj to the Iranian port of Charbahar suddenly comes into play.

    Eventually, India may also be able to resume normal trade relations with Iran, which the US-led sanctions had put a crimp on.

    The US-led deal is interim in nature and there is much that can go wrong in the six months during which the concerned parties will negotiate a more comprehensive deal. For now though, both sides exulted on having broken new ground, and both claimed to have gained from the accord, effectively pointing to a win-win situation...."