Aryana Navarro ’18
There have been additional foreign efforts recently to regulate Iran’s nuclear program, efforts that — though for the sake of safety — Iran still regards as challenging its authority. This past week politicians and the press have released numerous general statements, inferences, and anxieties concerning nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran. They have resulted from nuclear negotiations taking place in Montreux, Switzerland between Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Both sides are feeling the pressure stemming from the March 31st negotiation deadline that is fast approaching. The U.S. prefers Iran to stop its nuclear program, or at the very least, lengthen the time between the moment when Iran would choose to develop a nuclear weapon and the actual completion of a weapon (what is called the “breakout time”).
However much Iran may want the freedom to have a nuclear program in place, the country is now feeling the financial consequences of international economic sanctions. It should be noted that the danger Iran’s nuclear power presents is not only in the minds of American politicians and citizens, but is also especially felt by those of countries geographically near Iran, such as in other Persian Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates.
Although the United Nations works together with its International Atomic Energy Agency in order to keep an eye on the status of Iran’s nuclear program and how it is utilizing uranium in the effort to ensure global peace and safety, Iran does not necessarily see it that way. Instead, Iran views outside involvement in its nuclear program as a questioning of its legitimacy and power as a state.