In a very big breakthrough, the Obama administration has brokered a deal between Iran, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program while partially lifting the sanctions that have caused such damage to that country.
Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West…
Halting Iran’s most sensitive nuclear work, it was designed as a package of confidence-building steps to ease decades of tensions and confrontation and banish the specter of a Middle East war over Tehran’s nuclear aspirations.
But Iran’s arch foe Israel denounced it as a “bad deal” and said it would not be bound by it.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who has been coordinating talks with Iran on behalf of the major powers, said it created time and space for talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution to the dispute.
“This is only a first step,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference. “We need to start moving in the direction of restoring confidence, a direction in which we have managed to move against in the past.”…U.S. President Barack Obama said that if Iran did not meet its commitments during a six-month period, the United States would turn off sanctions relief and “ratchet up the pressure”.
Israel hates it, of course, but that’s probably a point in its favor. And the neo-conservatives will throw their usual tantrum over it and claim that Obama is selling out the country, is now a Neville Chamberlain appeaser, blah blah blah. You know the drill and probably have the script memorized because this is what those people has said about every diplomatic agreement the country has signed in the last few decades. They said it about the SALT talks under Reagan, the START talks under the first President Bush and every other negotiated settlement to a conflict. For neo-conservatives, the only possible solution to every problem is to bomb and invade any country that fails to do our bidding. The fact that they will scream bloody murder over this agreement should be viewed as evidence that it’s a good idea.