On Iran & The P5+1: Notations on the Latest Developments

Iran has been in negotiations with the so-called P5+1 on the nuclear question.    As noted in previous notations, the Iranian Foreign Minister has been sounding optimistic although the July 20, 2014 deadline is at hand.

Iran has been insisting on having 190,000 centrifuges with the eventual right to be able to produce enriched uranium for domestic use.    As comments from both the Iranian Foreign Minister and the  US Secretary of State were ever so hopeful, what continues to be of concern is the continued challenges on the right of the political spectrum in both the United States and Iran.  This was noted in a straightforward way by two of the leading experts on Iran, Karim Sadjadpour  of the Carnegie Endowment and Ray Takeyh of the Council of Foreign Relations:

Although anything that Iran signs off on will probably be approved, the issue is the United States and indeed the influence that Israel will have.

It is also quite perceptive to note that that all have suffered as a result of the sanctions as this as noted by Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council reflects.  At least discussions are continuing--and with it a sense of hope:

Post by Trita Parsi.
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