Iran Nuclear Deal: A Decision Requiring Cautious Diplomacy

Channels Television  
Updated November 26, 2013

Dr. Femi AdegbuluIran may have been able to secure an interim nuclear negotiation deal necessary to ease economic tensions caused by sanctions imposed on the country by world powers, but scepticism expressed by Israel has been supported with a call on world powers to handle Iran’s agreement to halt nuclear programmes with cautious diplomacy.

In the deal, Iran agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for about $7 billion in sanctions relief, after days of intense talks in Geneva.

The interim deal will last for six months, while a permanent agreement is sought.

US President Barack Obama welcomed the deal, saying it would “help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon”.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, however, said the agreement was a “historic mistake” that had made the world a much more dangerous place.

Iran had called for the annihilation of Israel and the world is apprehensive about the possibility that if Iran is allowed to enrich uranium, it could make a nuclear weapon for such purpose.

However, Obama said the US would remain firm and as well, uphold its commitments to friends and allies, particularly Israel and its gulf partners who have got reasons to be sceptical about Iran’s intentions.

“Ultimately only diplomacy can bring about a durable solution to the challenge posed by Iran’s nuclear programme.

“As president and commander in chief I will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from maintaining a nuclear weapon,” he said.

Despite this assurance by Obama, an Associate Professor of International Relations with the Redeemers University in Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Femi Adegbulu, told Channels Television on Monday that the world powers need to be mindful of the fact that Iran could be looking for ways to get itself out of its economic issues.

“They need to be cautious of that fact and be diplomatic in handling the deal.

“They should not be in a hurry to embrace Iran. The world should be cautious in trusting the new president,” he said.

According to the agreement, Iran has been committed to halting enrichment above five per cent and neutralising its stock power of near 20 per cent uranium by means of dilution or conversion.

Iran is also expected to allow inspectors form the International Atomic Energy Agency daily access to its enrichment facilities.