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JCPOA talks: Deal or no deal?

  • Sanam Vakil

    Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

    زميلة أبحاث أولى و نائبة مدير برنامج الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

A restored nuclear deal may not be as strong and comprehensive as originally hoped but given what is at stake, a deal with Iran is still better than no deal.

The Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna, aimed at resurrecting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after President Trump’s 2018 withdrawal, have entered their eight round. After a number of delays and disagreements, the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China (known as the P5+1) and Iran, led by the new Raisi administration, finally appear to be making progress at the technical level. This is partly due to Russia and China helping to steer Iran back to what had already been agreed and partly because the so-called Plan B scenarios remain so unappealing to all parties.

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