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Seven Implications Of Nuclear Deal For Iran—Analysis

| November 26, 2013

In the early hours of Sunday morning (November 24, 2013), the Islamic Republic of Iran and the six permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, reached a historical agreement on Iran's nuclear energy program. The agreement pertained to an international case, which for more than 10 years, had been used as a ground to impose a variety of sanctions and restrictive measures against the Iranian people and government, on the one hand, while on the other hand, had been the main topic of frequent sessions of unilateral, multilateral and international negotiations and discussions. The text of the agreement has considered certain responsibilities for Iran in return for which, it has also obligated the member states of the P5+1 group of world powers to take certain measures. There are a few noteworthy points about this agreement which areenumerated below:

1. Any agreement reached at any level is, undoubtedly, in need of "gives and takes." In other words, to reach an agreement, both sides to that agreement should take steps toward each other. To put it more simply, any form of sustainable agreement should necessarily reduce the distance between two rival parties in the sense that they will have to distance from their past, divisive positions. Of course, all parties to a negotiation process are aware and careful that discarding the past positions should by no means amount to ignoring the mission, assignments, goals and strategies that set the direction for their respective country. Any change in policies and operational strategies is a kind of resilience without which the possibility for an agreement would be low. Therefore, if the Iranian nuclear negotiating team has actually made changes to some of its past policies, it has been meant to facilitate an agreement and the other parties to nuclear negotiations are sure to have done the same. Resilience in such negotiations is the most basic principle in any kind of multilateral talks. Therefore, it seems that using the algebraic sum of the points that Iran has scored through nuclear talks with those of the other parties, would not be a good means to be used in the world of politics to weigh the benefits of the nuclear agreement for either of the two sides....

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For Academic Citation: Maleki, Abbas.“Seven Implications Of Nuclear Deal For Iran—Analysis.” Eurasia Review, November 26, 2013.

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