The lifting of sanctions against Iran has not only triggered waves of jubilation among Iranians but has also got a big thumbs-up from world leaders. US President Barack Obama, who …Read More
The historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 member countries signed in July 2015 has finally been implemented with sanctions against Iran lifted on January 17. The lifting of …Read More
Presenting an annual report card and a legacy review of his entire Presidency in his last State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama focused on his myriad accomplishments …Read More
The Iranian Forces have detained two United States Navy patrol boats carrying 10 armed marines, who claim that they had ‘mistakenly ‘entered the Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf as …Read More
Months after Iran struck a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers, the first strains have surfaced with reports of Tehran testing a medium-range Emad rocket on October 10. The rocket …Read More
In what could be seen as a major victory for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Iran’s Parliament voted in favour of the nuclear deal with world powers. …Read More
Rebutting criticism from hardliners in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani has re-affirmed his confidence in Iran’s deal with the P5+1 member countries. While it is speculated that he is eyeing a …Read More
The first thing to understand about the 109- page long document, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPA), signed in Vienna on July 14, 2015 is that it marks the end of a long spell of hostility and suspicion between the US and Iran. Though it was Federica Mogherini, the foreign policy chief of European Commission, who stood next to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the centre in the official photo, the real negotiation was between Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry who was standing almost at the edge.
It will be useful to understand how the US and Iran, close allies for decades till Mohammed Reza Shah was toppled by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, got estranged.
In short, despite referring to the US as Satan in public, Iranians love and admire the US. Their reconciliation is a good development for themselves and the rest of the world. Israel lacks the military capability to carry out strikes against Iran though empty threats might not stop.
For India, this is indeed a positive development. The UPA government had unwisely assessed that the US might not agree to the 123 nuclear agreement then under negotiation, and voted against Iran. Now is the time to rectify the mistake. The Modi government is going ahead with the stalled Chabahar Port project. A visit by Prime Minister Modi to Iran is indicated.
This day, 35 years ago, saw a failed top-secret attempt by the United States to free American hostages held in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
Leaving behind those war-mongering days, the United States and Iran have now reached an extremely interesting phase in their otherwise tempestuous relationship.
With the landmark nuclear deal expected to fructify on June 30, geo-political dynamics in the region are never going to be the same again. This will in turn have a ripple effect on the geo-economics of the region and the world. With gradual lifting of sanctions on Iran, the reopening of Middle East’s second largest economy will provide a market that has been out of reach to varying extents since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with sanctions becoming broader since 1995 and expanded further since 2005.Read More
The framework for a deal between the P5+1 (US, UK, Russia, France, China and Germany) and Iran vis-à-vis Iran nuclear programme could be one of the few truly transformative moments …Read More