Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that time is running out for negotiating a permanent agreement on his country’s nuclear program. Although Rouhani has been speaking to the six world powers (US, UK, China, France, Russia and Germany) on the sidelines at the UN, nothing has progressed. An interim deal was negotiated in January, and the deadline for a permanent deal to be made is November 24th. Despite this, Rouhani doesn’t believe that relations between the US and Iran need to remain hostile. Current talks consist of Iran scaling back their uranium enrichment program in exchange for the West lifting their sanctions. This is a difficult talking point as Iran contends that they need an uranium enrichment program for peaceful purposes as such producing reactor fuel. Obviously the US and other western states are concerned about Iran using their nuclear program to create a bomb. Iran is adamant that they will never give up their nuclear program, and believes that sanctions must be ‘melted away’. Since Rouhani was elected last year, Iran has promised to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is miles ahead of how his predecessor Ahmadinejad acted with the international community. I believe that with Rouhani leading Iran, we are far closer to normalizing relations.
Here is a link for anyone interested in some of the details about Iran’s nuclear program and the history of negotiations. I will keep you up to date o any developments!