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What it Will Take for Iran Nuclear Talks to Succeed

| December 18, 2014

Until November 23rd, the Iranian negotiators at the country's nuclear talks with six foreign powers seemed cautiously optimistic that a deal was within reach. For one year, the two sides had been working towards a comprehensive agreement that would curtail Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions. Their deadline for reaching a conclusion was the next day, though, and by then, what many on both sides had thought was a done deal turned out not to be done at all. Instead the negotiation deadline was extended until June 30, 2015, and meetings resumed in Geneva this week. The Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), agreed in November, 2013 and outlining the terms of negotiation, will stay in place for another seven months.

It would be easy to interpret the deadline extension as bad news. In fact, though, the way in which it has been handled by both sides suggests that there is yet hope. The next months will be challenging, but there is a strong chance a deal will still get done....

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For Academic Citation: Tabatabai, Ariane.“What it Will Take for Iran Nuclear Talks to Succeed.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, December 18, 2014.

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