Iran N-deal: A road map before time runs out

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The seventh round of talks in Vienna, Austria, to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal ended on December 17 with no concrete agreement in sight. While both parties claimed progress and exuded hope, a viable deal looks difficult as long as both parties hold vastly diverging positions on its basic tenets.

The Iran Nuclear Deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in July 2015, put strict and crippling restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme. On January 16, 2016, designated as Implementation Day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had met all its nuclear-related commitments, triggering the lifting of sanctions. But Iran could hardly benefit from it as the United States (US) elections in November 2016 brought in Donald Trump, who strongly opposed the deal and promised to impose “the highest level of economic sanctions” on…

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