Nuclear deal to boost Iran regional clout: report

Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers will help the Islamic Republic strengthen its influence in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East, to the dismay of Israel and Saudi Arabia, a US magazine says in a commentary.

The article, published in the bimonthly American magazineForeign Policy on Monday, notes that the resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue and the subsequent reversal of US-engineered sanctions against the Islamic Republic would give Tehran the chance to loom much larger in regional affairs.

It also points to Iran’s large population, fairly well-educated middle class, good educational centers as well as abundant oil and gas resources as some of reasons explaining why the country’s power potential is greater than any other state in the region.

The Foreign Policy article notes that Tel Aviv and Riyadh are determined to paint an artificially weakened picture of Iran since a more powerful Iran will undermine their weight in the region.

The article states that a large proportion of the proponents of the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — plus Germany in Geneva believe that Iranian authorities are rational and prudent individuals seeking to advance Iran’s national interests, and that the Islamic Republic has no intention to develop a nuclear weapon.

Moreover, a final agreement on the Iranian nuclear case will allow relations between Iran and the United States and other major world powers to grow within the next months and years ahead – something that the opponents of the deal are desperate to prevent.

The article states that Washington’s long-term interests in the Middle East are best served by helping Tehran play a stronger international role.

Iran and the six major world powers sealed an interim deal in Geneva on Sunday morning to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the United States and its allies have agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions and let Tehran reap as much as $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions over six months.

The Geneva accord would temporarily lift White House executive orders of July 2012 and June 2013 that imposed penalties on countries that trade petrochemicals with Iran.

By Press TV


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