According to recent reports, talks between Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - the five permanent members of the Security Council - plus Germany (P5+1) and the Islamic Republic have been ongoing, over the lifting of economic sanctions on Iran’s financial and energy-related sectors.
It is crucial to understand that the sanctions imposed on Iran are among the most complicated that have been imposed on a defiant and rogue state. The sanctions have been developed over 30 years, politically and economically isolating the Islamic Republic from the international community.
The sanctions are not solely due to Tehran’s nuclear defiance, the IAEA’s findings, Iran’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, or Tehran’s previous clandestine and undeclared nuclear activities which breached the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), but also due to human rights abuses and violations, and being linked to terrorism.
Ultimately when the 30-year regime of sanctions are lifted, the international community will lose its strong leverage against Iran in curbing its nuclear program