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This week, Andrew Bacevich and Noam Chomsky—two public intellectuals whose work on American foreign policy we greatly admire (and who have been very generous in their praise for our book, Going to Tehran)—published important commentaries on the recent Iran nuclear deal. In contrast to the overwhelming bulk of the voluminous drivel that has appeared on the subject in mainstream op-ed pages and online venues, the pieces by Chomsky and Bacevich are truly provocative, in the best sense of the word. We want to highlight them here. ››read more
In the wake of the historic agreement just signed in Geneva over the Iranian nuclear program, I had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Horton of AntiWar Radio and the aptly-named Scott Horton Show about what the contours of the interim deal, what it means, and what might follow. ››read more
The fact that Iran’s nuclear program will remain unaffected by the Geneva accord, and that Iran will experience a remarkable relief from the sanctions shows that the Iranian diplomacy is working effectively.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called invalid a press release by the White House alleged to be the text of the nuclear agreement struck by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Geneva on Sunday. ››read more
(Reuters) - The European Union could relax some sanctions on Iran as soon as next month, French and EU officials said on Monday after major powers reached a landmark deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear program.
The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek or develop any nuclear weapons. This comprehensive solution
would build on these initial measures and result in a final step for a period to be agreed upon and the resolution of concerns. This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its
obligations therein. ››read more
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran’s right to enrichment has been recognized in the nuclear deal between Tehran and the Sextet. ››read more
Irrespective of domestic policies and conflicts under various administrations, the fact is that the Islamic Republic has always had a principled position regarding its nuclear program. Iran has consistently denounced nuclear weapons as well as all Weapons of Mass Destruction, in particular by a fatwa issued and reiterated several times by the Supreme Leader, and has always been prepared to go even beyond its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to show greater transparency if only the West recognizes its inalienable nuclear rights under this treaty. It was therefore a simple smooth transition for the new Iranian government to adopt a diplomatic offensive with a change of tone, which has positively impacted on the public opinion in the west and has thus put the US and its EU allies under pressure to resolve the standoff with Iran.
In contrast, the west has in the past eight years flouted international law and the UN charter to build an unprincipled alliance against Iran over its nuclear program. ››read more
Editor's note: Abbas Edalat is the founder of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran. Kourosh Ziabari is an Iran based journalist who works for Iran Review.
It it's amazing that in the current nuclear negotiations taking place in Vienna between the P5+1 nations and Iran no one in the public media is making the slightest attempt to present the Iranian perspective. That perspective is crystal clear and the US public needs to understand it to keep from going off the rails in paroxysms of irrelevant blather. ››read more
WASHINGTON, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement. ››read more
The chance for a first preliminary agreement between Iran and the six powers (US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) to resolve the decade-long conflict over Iran's nuclear program was lost during the weekend because of a deliberate French policy of preventing agreement at the behest of Israel and the Obama administration's lack of commitment to reaching a comprehensive settlement of the issue. ››read more
As the representatives of Iran and the six world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) held a new round of negotiations in Geneva this week, the international community is waiting anxiously to see whether the decade-long controversy over Iran’s nuclear program can finally come to an end or not. ››read more
Obama’s Refusal to Respect Iran’s Sovereign and Treaty Rights Continues to Thwart Diplomacy, Leaving America on the Self-Defeatiby Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett (source: Going to Tehran) November 13, 2013
Notwithstanding France’s simultaneously arrogant and craven grandstanding over Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor, the main reason for the failure of last week’s nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 was the Obama administration’s imperious refusal to acknowledge Tehran’s right to enrich uranium under international safeguards. ››read more
France's scuppering of the carefully negotiated interim nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers was reckless but not unexpected. As a brazen affront to the Obama administration's desire to mend relations with Tehran after 35 years it needs to be linked to Saudi Arabia's recent and similarly abrupt repudiation of US policy on Syria. A historic shift is under way in US strategy towards the Middle East. After decades of isolating or overthrowing regimes that profess independence, Washington has decided that its long-term interests are better served by stability than subversion. ››read more
Reports following the end of the most recent round of talks between six world powers and Iran in Geneva early Sunday morning revealed that, while a preliminary deal was close at hand, the failure to produce a workable agreement was due to unnecessary, last minute intransigence by the French delegation, led by Laurent Fabius, France's foreign minister. ››read more
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) have agreed today, 11 November 2013, to strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme through the resolution of all outstanding issues that have not already been resolved by the IAEA. ››read more
America’s Iran policy is at a crossroads. Washington can abandon its counterproductive insistence on Middle Eastern hegemony, negotiate a nuclear deal grounded in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and get serious about working with Tehran to broker a settlement to the Syrian conflict. In the process, the United States would greatly improve its ability to shape important outcomes there. Alternatively, America can continue on its present path, leading ultimately to strategic irrelevance in one of the world’s most vital regions—with negative implications for its standing in Asia as well. ››read more
Bandar invited the French representative to Riyadh not just to whine about the US, but also to discuss weapons sales.
And now French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is scuttling an Iran nuke deal because it is a “suckers deal.” ››read more
While many saw a hostile US Congress as the biggest obstacle to reaching a deal, it was France that ultimately stepped up and killed the proposal, with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius citing Israeli and Saudi objections as a reason not to reach a pact on Iran’s civilian nuclear program. ››read more
The comprehensive US/EU sanctions attacking the lifeline of Iranian economy is a criminal war of choice against the Iranian population. Far from the claims of sanctions as diplomacy aimed at the resolution of the conflict over Iran’s nuclear programme, sanctions are inflicting, both by design and default, unendurable pain and destruction on Iranian people, Iran’s infrastructure and civil society institutions. ››read more
Editor's note: This statement has been issued ahead of the new round of the 5+1 group with Iran jointly by the following NGO's: Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, Society for Chemical Weapons Victims Support, Tehran Peace Museum