Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calls the nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six major world powers in Geneva a “very important step,” warning against bids to derail implementation of the deal.
The recent media and diplomatic hype launched by the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over three Iranian islands can be considered a new round of miscalculation and insistence on ignoring “more than three centuries of papers, documents, and written history of the Persian Gulf and three Iranian islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa.”
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has stated, the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers has broad implications beyond the mere nuclear issue. Since the November 24th signing of the agreement in Geneva under intense international media limelight, important steps have been taken by Iran to improve the country's relations with its neighbors, in the Persian Gulf region and with the member states of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) first and foremost.
Noriko Ogawa, the Japanese pianist traveled to Iran last month on an invitation extended to her by the Japanese Embassy in Tehran. During her stay, she performed piano pieces in Iranian cities of Tehran and Shiraz. What follows is a part of her account of the Iran trip which she has sent to the BBC.
Iran is quite a different country in the region when it comes to the possibilities of skiing in The Middle East! There are lots of huge mountains with high peaks and appropriate slopes for different types of skiing. As a result, ski resorts have been built for the skiers who love this sport. This type of terrain makes Iran a unique location for the people interested in skiing in the Middle East.
Mohammad reza Noroozpoor
Turkey’s interest in getting closer to the main winners of the Syria crisis, including Iran and Russia, is another reason why Ankara has switched tracks on Syria. By doing so, the country’s leaders hope to have a minimal share of the benefits of a peaceful end to Syria crisis and reduce the cost that Turkey will suffer in case Bashar Assad remains in power following the Geneva 2 conference.
A new chapter is opening in Iran's foreign policy in which dialogue, negotiations and presentation of new economic and investment plans can be used as means of providing new grounds for development of Iran's economic and trade ties with the world. In doing so, the European countries will enjoy a special status and they should be able to take the best advantage of new conditions in their relations with Iran within framework of common interests of the two sides.
A six-month accord between the P5+1 and Iran was reached on November 24, 2013, after a long and unprecedented set of negotiations. Will this accord last, and will it lead to a longer agreement? Was the deal the result of draconian sanctions imposed on Iran, as President Obama would have us believe? Was it the result of the election of President Hassan Rouhani and his promise of “constructive engagement,” as most people believe? Or could it be that President Obama’s policy toward Iran is changing?
Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
The plan of action is, in fact, a first step on a very long path; a long path along which any untoward incident may happen in the future. However, one reality cannot be denied: Iran and the P5+1 group have found the best way to negotiate with each other and this will prove to be a very important and efficient achievement, which will facilitate resolution of any possible future problem.
At least, two sections of the Geneva agreement have clearly emphasized that the final comprehensive agreement will recognize Iran's full right to avail itself of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in accordance with the contents of the NPT. Therefore, it is clear that any agreement [between Iran and the P5+1 group] will be based on Iran's right to conduct unlimited enrichment activities on its soil.