Iran Deal

What if This Goes Wrong?

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Iran's President Hassan Rowhani knows that the West longs for business with his country.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Iran offers huge potential for Western businesses, but is also a potential threat for stability in the Middle East.

  • Facts


    • Iran and Western powers struck a deal over the country’s nuclear program in Vienna on July 14.
    • Israel has been critical of the deal, fearing that lifting of economic sanctions would strengthen its archenemy Iran.
    • German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and business representatives paid a three-day visit to Iran just days after the deal was signed.
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There can be no doubt: The P5+1 group of leading nations put enormous effort into securing an agreement with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. However, although many are now celebrating the deal reached in Vienna as a triumph of diplomacy, the good things have yet to materialize.

For many years, Iran has systematically deceived and misled the international community. For some time, at least, it also pursued a nuclear weapons’ program. Repeatedly, Iran denied inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency access to suspicious facilities. It was clear that they were trying to hide something.

As a consequence, the international community imposed sanctions; access to Iranian bank accounts abroad was denied and billions of dollars in assets were blocked. Moreover, many international companies withdrew from Iran – and the Iranian economy was in a bad shape.

So clearly, Tehran was interested in these negotiations to get rid of the crippling sanctions and to regain access to the bank accounts. But there is good reason to believe that the mullah regime has never had any intention whatsoever of permanently restricting its nuclear program, or of giving up its quest for hegemony in the Middle East.

By signing the agreement in Vienna, Iran, the lawbreaker, will not only free itself from the yoke of sanctions, but also strengthen its position in the Middle East.

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