US-Iran Nuke Deal

US-Iran Nuke Deal: A New Diplomatic Space for India in Middle East

A provisional nuclear deal between Iran, the US and other world powers has finally been reached after several rounds of negotiations. The framework agreement seeks to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme and prevent Tehran from making a nuclear weapon, in return for a phased easing of sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

Earlier the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the resumption of serious negotiations in August 2013, followed by a phone conversation between Rouhani and US President Barack Obama the next month. The nuclear dispute has been part of the larger political confrontation between the US and Iran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

However, for both Rouhani and Obama, the real challenge lies ahead - how to sell the deal to its opponents in Washington and Tehran. While Rouhani will have to battle the Iranian hardliners, Obama has the tougher job of convincing the Republicans, America’s Arab allies and Israel — all extremely hostile to the deal.

India has welcomed the deal, and came out fully in support of the process of rapprochement between the US and Iran. The arrangement will open diplomatic space for New Delhi in the Middle East given the fact that Iran is intrinsic to Delhi’s concerns about energy security and Afghanistan.

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