Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Letter of an Iranian Researcher to Western Think Thanks on Iran’s Nuclear Issue

Let’s Not Squander Opportunities

Dear Western friends and scholars,

Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear dossier, although both sides have agreed in principle on many issues and have proposed similar technical solutions, still need time before they reach a comprehensive agreement and find solutions to outstanding problems, and the negotiations have only been extended by four months.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart, Barack Obama, have come under severe fire in their countries, but both sides resolutely believe that there is still hope to reach a comprehensive agreement. Therefore, they have made great political investment in this regard and have shown firm determination to reach that goal.

Those political players who have reaped enormous strategic, political, economic and security benefits through Iran’s nuclear crisis, including Israel and Iran’s regional rivals, have proved to be the main obstacle on the way of a comprehensive agreement. They have been trying through extensive lobbying efforts at the US Senate to take the United States’ foreign policy hostage towards Iran. In parallel, they have been presenting unreal information on Iran and distort the facts in a bid to spread Iranophobia and to mislead the United States’ foreign policy by encouraging the White House to adopt maximalistic approach through excessive demands on Iran’s nuclear energy program. Their hidden agenda, i.e. to prove that their presumption, which is “negotiations with Iran will get nowhere” has become perfectly clear.

Negotiations based on goodwill has historically been the most important tool used in international interactions in order to resolve issues of international importance. Even the bloodiest armed conflicts among countries can be resolved through negotiations and dialogue. Therefore, the importance of negotiations should by no means be downplayed. Nuclear talks between Iran and the United States and subsequent achievement of a comprehensive agreement will potentially be able to create a big crack in the wall of distrust between the two sides and set both countries on the course towards constructive interaction on the basis of broad common interests they have in the region. If realized, it will lead to a serious strategic change in the entire world.

 

How can we possibly help the negotiations towards the win-win situation? I believe that we should use the experiences of the past as a guiding beacon for future success; hereinafter, seven major obstacles, which have prevented the two sides to succeed in their negotiations over the past 10 years, will be briefly reviewed:

 

  1. 1.  Excessive demands<%
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