Iran’s bargaining will be much tougher but a compromise also seems likely provided the US would seriously consider removing sanctions.
Prospects for the revitalisation of the nuclear deal have been getting dimmer as Iran’s new hardliner leadership wants the full implementation of the original agreement from 2015.
While the future of the nuclear deal remains unclear, continued diplomatic engagement between Riyadh and Tehran could help bring much-needed stability in the region.
Despite varying international pressures over years, Iran intends to remain an influential actor on the ground and maintain cards of power and pressure that allow it to protect its strategic interests.
Guterres' appeal to Washington comes amid talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, under which Iran accepted curbs on its nuclear programme in return for a lifting of many foreign sanctions against it.
The White House plan to continue nuclear talks while bombing Iran-backed militias in Arab countries could weaken the Americans.
Reviving the nuclear deal would give Iran less of an incentive to target US positions in Iraq and support Baghdad’s sovereignty.
UN nuclear watchdog says it had received no reply from Tehran over the possible extension of a temporary agreement, covering inspections at Iranian nuclear facilities, which expired on Thursday as nuclear talks crisis looms.
The Pentagon’s reduction of US troops and military hardware in the Middle East shows a reorientation of the Biden administration’s priorities in the region.
Experts argue that a regimented Iran led by a hardliner president might be more confident in dealing with the West.
Iran's Guardian Council seems to have all but snuffed out any moderate or reformist competition ahead of June's election.
Iran and Hamas gained from the two-week escalation in violence, with Israeli-Palestinian peace losing.
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