Can the West trust Iran? – if the EU and the US stand together they don’t have to

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From left to right: Dr. Emily B. Landau, Jan Techau, Dr. Reuel Marc Gerecht

On January 20th, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had been implementing its commitments according to the Joint Plan of Action agreed with the so-called E3+3, also known as P5+1[1], in Geneva on 24 November 2013. The negotiations have, however, not clearly stated what is to follow the interim deal. The agreement of a two-step process raises questions on the comprehensive solution to be implemented by November 2014. If no agreement is reached on a comprehensive solution by 20 July 2014, the action plan can be renewed by mutual consent. According to experts, the latter might well be the likeliest outcome of the current negotiations. Apart from the differing negotiating positions, issues internal to the P5+1 and the Iranian regime will be defining the outcome of the negotiations. Continue reading