By Yassmine Mather.
The deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries in the early hours of November 24 was welcomed by most Iranians for obvious reasons:
A military attack against Iran’s nuclear installations is now far less likely to happen;
There is hope that alleviation of sanctions, even in the limited format proposed by the P5+1, will improve the dire economic situation;
The fact that the Israeli prime minister, Republican and Democrat warmongers in the US, Saudi Arabia as well as the more rightwing factions of Iran’s Islamic Republic are not happy should also be welcomed.
Iran’s Islamic government might be taking a more ‘moderate’ approach regarding nuclear negotiations, but as far as internal repression is concerned its stance is as bad as ever before - as bad as the worst periods of the rule of the last president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The apparent thaw in US-Iran relations could offer new opportunities for the workers’ movement, argues Yassamine Mather After weeks of speculation about Iran-US relations and the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme, Iran’s foreign minister and his deputy finally made their initial proposals clear on October 15-16 in closed talks with the ‘P5+1’ countries in Geneva. Those proposals will come in stages, coinciding with a gradual reduction of western sanctions.
Immediate results from the thaw in US-Iran relations will be few and far between, warns Yassamine Mather
Last week’s phone conversation between the presidents of the United States and Iran, the first direct talks between the two heads of state in more than 30 years, has been the cause of major controversy amongst conservatives both in the US and the Islamic Republic.