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article imageThe West is slowly moving toward a nuclear deal with Iran

By Abdul Kuddus     Nov 23, 2013 in World
Geneva - After years of distrust, disagreement and wrangling on the Iran’s nuclear aspirations, the clock is reportedly inching toward a nuclear deal with Iran is as the West gets ready to shed its inhibitions on Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.
Western powers imposed sanctions on Iran suspecting Tehran’s intent to developing nuclear weaponry, an allegation that Iran denies. All these years, Iran has worked to wean world opinion in its favour and seeking permission to enrich uranium for peaceful use.
Western nations including the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany also called the P5+1 have been negotiating on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva.
The negotiations in Geneva saw the major players engaging in three days of intense talks earlier this month. Those discussions ended without the agreement leading to speculations that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would never be realized.
However, with foreign ministers of the US, Russia, UK and Iran meeting again in Geneva with EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton, the possibility of a deal with Iran seems likely an end to decades of dispute over its controversial nuclear programme.
The West wants assurances from Iran that will refrain from building nuclear weaponry, and offer access to inspectors at its nuclear facilities.
Commenting on the negotiations, US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday expressed hope that “all sides are closer than they've been in a long time on a nuclear deal. But they stressed it hasn't been reached yet,” CNN reported.
While the US and some of the European nations are enthusiastic about a nuclear negotiation with Tehran in exchange of assurances of non-proliferation by Iran, some if US’s key allies remain skeptical about this whole exercise.
Reportedly, Israel and Saudi Arabia are against any easing of sanctions on Iran as they believe that the Shiite regime in Tehran cannot be trusted.
CNN quoted Israeli defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon warning the West on the compromise with Iran:
"We think the deal that is on the table is a bad one and even if this deal is signed there will be a lot to do afterward to bring the Iranian regime face to face with the dilemma of the bomb or survival."
With the election of Hassan’s Rouhani as Iran’s President, the West reportedly changed its strategy of Iran’s alienation. The shift came after Rouhani struck up a more conciliatory tone with the West.
Further, Iran also signed a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency that allows UN nuclear inspectors access to otherwise inaccessible nuclear sites, including the heavy-water reactor in Arak.
However, despite the progress, a few obstacles remain in the negotiations according to Los Angeles Times. Diplomats reiterated that the deal was not complete and that other barriers could still arise.
For now, the Western powers, especially the US are reportedly expressing optimism that the gradual relaxation of crippling sanctions will stimulate Tehran’s appetite for greater economic relief and propel the country’s leaders to negotiate a further deal to curb its nuclear aspirations.
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