With the recent deal that has been orchestrated by the six superpowers on Iran’s nuclear stockpiles, it has become a clear message to many countries that going nuclear, means abiding by codes of conduct. Iran has resisted these rules for too long, and because of that, they dealt with the terrible consequences.
Of course, these repercussions come in the form of the sanctions that are placed upon them. It is wise for Iran to finally come to terms and approach the negotiating table that is laid before them. This has not only made it possible for countries to formulate and follow a plan that involves nuclear resources, but it made sure a country such as Iran think about the consequences of their actions and follow a reasonable measure to manage this venture.
Throughout the days after the agreement, there have been many backlashes over the deal especially from the Republicans in the US, who did not want Iran to obtain any nuclear programmes since it would be deemed unfit for the rest of the world. Many Republicans are emphasising that the deal could bring about something other than the so-called “peaceful means”. They remain highly skeptical about how Obama could let Iran continue with their stockpiles but only with limitations.
Although I partially agree that Obama made a doubtful move on how Iran can continue with this since before 2010, he was really anti-nuclear both for peaceful and weaponising means. But this change of ideas can bring out new relationships. The Republicans have that approach of realism – securing deals as long as America remains the manager, which is not a suitable reason for why countries cannot advance with technology and resources. Also lets not forget that the Republicans now feel threatened about what Iran can do once they have reached a ‘suitable limit’ on their now legal stockpiles. One thing I can agree with the Republicans: is that now Iran has permission to continue with their uranium extraction, this might be the beginning for the Middle East to join in in this venture. Saudi Arabia might request Uranium, from their close ally and nuclear power: Pakistan, and again with the UAE. With agenda’s hidden, its hard to tell if they would be for peaceful or war purposes.
Unfortunately, this has not influenced North Korea in approaching the negotiating table, as they remain very vigilant of the US and as usual, consider them very hostile. They argue that they want to build ‘self defense systems’ that would allow them to remain on top of any of their “enemies”. This includes nuclear warhead testing and God knows what else. North Korea will always be a defective country that would not regard anything other than how supreme they are. So it is very much impossible for any attempt at sanctions to influence them whatsoever.
This deal has been a breakthrough for Iran and their people. If the sanctions are lifted, businesses will grow in Iran and the market will boom as well since it is very crippled at the moment. Tourism will flourish and they will start to recover from the sanctions. Lest not forget that this was also a big blow to Russia as Iran has a small relation to them. By accepting this deal, they have edged away from Russia and headed towards the western countries. The deal will have a long effect on the international system. Regardless of the Republican voting against it in the Senate and the House of Representatives, Secretary of State John Kerry has already mentioned that Iran has a green light ahead. This will now demonstrate to the rest of the world (especially Isreal) that having uranium does not necessarily mean going to war.