Iran Signs the Geneva Accord

The Geneva talks between Iran and the P5+1 nations end successfully


Iran finally signs the Geneva accord. While the world is hailing the recently reached accord between Iran and the P5+1 nations, Israel is not happy and has denounced the deal as a “historic mistake.” A lot can and has been written on the pros and cons of the agreement reached at Geneva.

For starters, the P5+1 nations including America view the recent accord in positive light which they believe is a step towards bringing Iran to denounce its ambition to become a nuclear power. These nations claim that this deal is a landmark in world history.

On the other side of the spectrum Israel has been stressing form the very start of the Geneva talks that the terms of the agreement are too soft and more in  favor of Iran. In addition, Israel has apprehensions that Iran even after signing this accord would not desist in pursuing its dream to become a nuclear power.

The states that favor this deal are emphasizing the fact that a three decades long deadlock has been broken and that this deal with Iran ensures world peace. The states that oppose this viewpoint, lead by Israel, believe that the present Geneva accord signed by Iran will disturb the fragile balance of power in the Middle East.

It must be kept in mind that the terms of the present Geneva accord are such that they do stop Iran for the time being, at least, from enriching uranium to make atomic weapons, but do allow Iran to go ahead with using the nuclear power to make energy for peaceful purposes__ a very  tricky situation.

Israel is not at all convinced by the Iranian stand as it views Iran as a “rogue” state, its highest officials say that Iran would not desist from making centrifuges and that it would continue to be a threat to world peace. Israel is not completely wrong in holding this view because the past history of nuclear non-proliferation is full of examples where the states (which by the way are now accepted nuclear powers) going back on the promises they make to the world community, especially the United Nations.

It is ironic that the states that want to see a nuclear free world, including Israel, are all themselves atomic powers so they really don’t possess the moral high ground to ask or to condemn and to stop Iran or for that matter any other state not to go ahead with enhancing their nuclear capabilities.

A very tricky situation indeed and one that has the potential to destabilize the peace of the entire world. Further, its Iran today and it would be some other state tomorrow and unless and until the world community comes up with some very strict regulations, this menace will continue to haunt the world for times to come.

Only time will tell which side is right but one thing is certain that the present Geneva talks have divided the world into two opposite camps. States who view the agreement with Iran as the right step forward on the one hand and those that view this deal as counter productive on the other. Whatever the ultimate outcome, the world headline today is, Iran signs the Geneva accord.

by: Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada

The Telegraph


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