Is it safe to enter into a treaty with Iran?

2015-04-07 04:59

Iranians have been celebrating in the streets after, the P5+1 group of major powers, the US, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany, negotiators reached a framework for a nuclear deal that could open up their country to the international community.

To quote Iranian President Rouhani: “A day that will remain in the historical memory of the Iranian nation.”

The United States President Barack Obama described the deal as an “historic understanding” with an old adversary.

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, who led the Iranian negotiation team, received a hero’s welcome as he arrived in Iran after securing the landmark deal.

While we welcome this move to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions and to re-integrate their economy with the world, is it really safe to enter into a treaty with a regime that has no reservations for supporting a brutal dictator like Bashar Assad of Syria?

The Syrian war is described by many humanitarians, aid providers and analysts as the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. It’s over four years since the war has started and there is no end to it in sight.

More than 200,000 innocent women, children and men have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been displaced and millions are living as refugees in neighbouring countries and global leaders are silent.

Furthermore, if the framework agreement results, as intended, in a treaty, it would result in a huge trade and industry boost for Iran.

The resulting boom can also aid Iran’s expansionist policies, especially in the Middle East, resulting in more conflict, military aggression and war. There is a genuine fear that it may interfere more in the regions politics and affairs.

While there is plenty of scepticism and concern, I cautiously believe, at least by achieving the frame work a huge milestone was reached. Without the frame work monitoring of nuclear facilities and transforming the Iranian government and the Ayatollahs will be difficult.

This agreement, if all parties abide by the resolutions, will hopefully make it easier to hold Iran responsible and accountable.

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