Jan 20, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Improved US Iran relations lead to stability in Middle East

London, Jan 20, IRNA - Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center and former US Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction said that improved US Iran relations lead to stability in the Middle East.

In an interview with IRNA in London, Samore said, 'I think it is very unclear whether the nuclear deal will lead to an improvement of relations between US and Iran.
I think Secretary Kerry is hoping that the success of the nuclear agreement will lead to greater cooperation, especially on the issue of Syria. Secretary Kerry is hoping that he and foreign minister Zarif can cooperate to produce a ceasefire and ultimately a political solution; I also hope that happens.

'I think it would be very good for US and Iran relations and obviously important for the stability in the Middle East. But whether that’s possible I think it is unclear at this point.'

To a question on the possibilty of improvement of relationship between Iran and Europe, Samore said, 'Just as with the US, Europe would like to use the nuclear agreement to improve relations with Iran and of course the Europeans have more opportunities to engage and renew economic trade and investment, which US does not have, because US sanctions are in place. Also the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamanei has made this clear that he does not want US businesses to come back to Iran.

'How far this relation can go, I think it is unclear, because the Europeans won’t want to get too far in front of what Washington is willing to support. This will be a very long term gradual change that will take place over many years.

Commenting on a question how dependent Europes’ foreign policy towards Iran could be if a Republican president is elected in the US, the American analyst said, 'It will depend on whether or not Europeans see Iran as having done things that warrant tougher American policy towards Iran.

'At the end of the day, whatever the justifications are, Europe will obviously be siding with the US rather than siding with Iran because US European relationship is far more important in terms of political and economic interest than any relationship that Europe will have with Iran.'
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