March 9, 2015

Nuclear Deal with Iran Would Be Feather in Obama’s Cap

Commenting on the Iran-US nuclear talks, Helga Kalm, a junior research fellow with the International Centre for Defence and Security, said that the major goal for the US administration is to reach any kind of agreement as this would be one of the major accomplishments of the Obama presidency.

Commenting on the Iran-US nuclear talks, Helga Kalm, a junior research fellow with the International Centre for Defence and Security, said that the major goal for the US administration is to reach any kind of agreement as this would be one of the major accomplishments of the Obama presidency.

“I think an agreement is closer than ever, but it’s hard to assess it based on what little is known. The signals coming out of the talks are extremely promising, although officials have been reserved. There’s an attempt to cast it in a positive light, doubtless so that the American public would also view it favourably, and would not support stricter sanctions that Congress has threatened despite the president’s opposition to them,” she said on the Estonian Public Broadcasting television program “Välisilm.”
Among the electorate, Kalm says that currently 61 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of Democrats are in favour of making some kind of deal with Iran.
She added that American and European sanctions have led Iran’s economy into such difficult straits that it has become something of a pariah state, with a difficult time keeping its head above water. This has made Iran more tractable at the negotiating table, she said.
Read more: ERR (in Estonian)

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