Iran seals an agreement with the west

Iranian oil sanctions 

Iranian oil sanctions source:

Shayan Mandegarian, Staff Writer

For the first time in nearly a decade, Iran has finally signed an agreement which will put restrictions on their nuclear program.

Iran’s nuclear program will be basically stopped as they will not be allowed to enrich anymore Uranium and will be inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency more frequently.

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Iranian oil sanctions

In return, sanctions that have kept Iran’s economy in turmoil will be partially lifted. This will allow over 4 billion dollars worth of oil to be put on the market, and restrictions on products like gold and petrochemicals will be halted.

This six-month process, which is meant to help reduce the threat of nuclear weapons being developed and used and to boost the economies in many countries, is only the beginning according to Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who said in a press conference: “This is only the first step, we need to start moving in the direction of restoring confidence, a direction in which we have managed to move away from in the past.”

While Iran argued that their nuclear program was strictly for peaceful reasons such as energy, the others were not convinced, and used possibility of future wars and the sanctions as sort of an incentive for Iran to agree with their terms. In fact, British prime minister David Cameron said, “[the deal] shows how persistent diplomacy and hard sanctions can help us achieve our national interest.”

Carlmont students aren’t all convinced about how effective the deal will turn out to be in the future.

Sophomore Matthew Haddad said, “They are still going to make progress in their nuclear technology, in the past they have said they didn’t have a nuclear program when they evidently did, so what would stop them this time.”

Sophomore Aaron Yufin added, “I think it’s a great idea for both, but based on what they did in the past, we should always keep an eye on them and not assume they won’t start up again.”

Diplomats from both sides will continue to negotiate the very important subject and hope to make more progress. Eventually allowing Iran to sell their products even more freely and giving the west a bigger sense of security from a war while the rest of the world will watch and wait for the results.