Comprehensive Nuclear Deal, a “Big Bang” in Iran-West Relations

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hassan Mohammadi
Editor in chief of Iranian’s Nuclear Hope Website

Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries are reaching their final days at a time that the rhetoric used by some negotiating parties is different from the rhetoric they used at the end of the sixth round of these talks in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

During recent days, the US top nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman, has been trying to throw the ball in Iran's court. Therefore, just like the case of the interim Geneva deal, when some negotiating parties tried to introduce that deal as their own diplomatic triumph, they are now trying to use the same method here by showing Iran as the main party responsible for a possible failure of the nuclear negotiations.

Wendy Sherman, who is also US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, said in her remarks that major powers negotiating with Iran have offered the Islamic Republic ideas that are "equitable, enforceable and consistent with Tehran's expressed desire for a viable civilian nuclear program. "

The choice of words by Sherman will prove that the United States is getting prepared to blame Iran as responsible for the possible failure of nuclear negotiations.

It should be noted that what Sherman, as the top US nuclear negotiator, has said will not be enough to convince the world’s public opinion. On the contrary, it seems that in view of their knowledge of the audience and their understanding of the Iranians’ mentality about certain English words that are also commonly used in Persian conversation, the Americans are trying to tell their audience that what they gave Iran is not just a “proposal,” but an “offer.” In addition, when she said that Iran's best chance to escape economic sanctions is to strike an agreement with the P5+1 group before the deadline set for achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal, it became clear why Sherman has been described as a good driving force in the negotiations.

Strategists often come up with solutions even for their adversaries in order to make it possible for a face-saving exit from the negotiations. A review of the words and deeds of senior American officials with regard to nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it clear that the support system as well as dynamic analyses used by the US negotiating team have thought about a face-saving exit from the negotiations. This is why Wendy Sherman’s remarks can be also assessed from this viewpoint.

Through such an assessment of Sherman’s remarks, it would become clear that a comprehensive deal will need difficult political decisions that should be made by the United States. In case of success, the US President Barack Obama would be remembered as a lasting figure in history of his country because he would be the one who has pulled off successful negotiations with a country that has posed major challenges to the United States for more than three decades, and has brought those negotiations to a successful end.

Taking such difficult decisions by Obama will be like walking the tightrope at the edge of a cliff. Therefore, any mistaken move, or even a correct but belated move, may amount to a premature end to Obama’s political life. Seen from this angle, when some political analysts discuss the concepts that have emerged on the sidelines of the negotiations, they assert that the approach taken by the American negotiating team in putting the blame for a possible failure of the nuclear talks with Iran on the opposite side is a big mistake. They say although nuclear talks is the façade of the ongoing negotiations between the two sides, their core is even more complex than the real nucleus of an atom. As a result, they conclude that in case of a possible failure of the negotiations, the issue which would be of the least importance is who should be blamed for the failure. This is true because these negotiations could be a starting point for the gradual improvement of relations between Iran and the West. So, in case of failure, restarting the talks would not be an easy task to be fulfilled by a single administration in Iran or the United States.

In my opinion, the negotiations that are currently underway between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries can bring about a “big bang” in relations between the two sides; an upheaval, which can lead to creation of a more peaceful region and a better world for the two negotiating parties. It can also pave the road for people in Iran, the United States and even Europe to live a better life.

Many observers really believe that the conclusion of a comprehensive deal between the two sides will be followed by major changes in the political arrangement in the Middle East. This is why, they argue, Israel, Saudi Arabia and some other regional states are against such a deal out of their fear of the aforesaid changes. In fact, the real “big bang” will come about after the two sides have concluded the comprehensive deal.

Key Words: Comprehensive Nuclear Deal,  Nuclear Big Bang, Iran-West Relations, P5+1 Group of Countries, Wendy Sherman, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Mohammadi 

Source: Iranians’ Nuclear Hope (INHNews.IR)
Translated By: Iran Review.Org