EXPERT COMMENT: Iran nuclear agreement

Responding to the news that a deal has been struck on Iran's nuclear programme, Dr Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, an expert on Iranian 20th Century Political History at The University of Manchester, said:

"The nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group is a historic moment for the Islamic Republic. Its leaders have chosen constructive engagement with the West over additional autarky emerging from further expansion of the Iranian nuclear programme.

“The deal struck in Vienna marks a return to the spirit of 1988, when many of the figures involved in the present negotiations decided, despite much internal opposition, to bring the war against Iraq to an end and accept the UN Resolution 598. International mediation has once again been successful to deliver détente between Iran and the West, with major benefits, particularly economic, for both."

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Dr Randjbar-Daemi is available for interview and can be contacted on 07983 021014. View his bio here.

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