After two years of negotiating, the United States has announced a nuclear deal with Iran. The pact is between Iraq and the P5+1: United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom, plus Germany. Iran will get relief from international oil and financial sanctions in exchange for limits on its nuclear activities. Lawrence Rubin is an assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and is an expert on politics in the Middle East.
The nuclear agreement is being hailed as historic because of the tense relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which came to power in the wake of the Iranian revolution. Critics of the deal have likened it to a historic failure. Supporters claim it will be remembered as a diplomatic triumph.
While partisan pundits have lined up to comment, it is too early to applaud or criticize the agreement. As more details from the document and negotiations emerge, some of the most important battles will take place in the United States Congress, between the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East and within Iranian politics.
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