Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator for Iran, wrote in an editorial in the Boston Globe that a nuclear deal between Iran and the major world powers is still possible. The two sides will meet in Istanbul on 13 April.
"Talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1)... provide the best opportunity to break the nine-year deadlock over Iran's nuclear program," Mousavian wrote [Reuters, 1 April].
Mousavian, currently a visiting scholar at Princeton University, also writes that the world powers need to recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium.
"For Iran, this is the recognition of its legitimate right to create a nuclear program - including enrichment - and a backing off by the P5+1 from its zero-enrichment position.
"For the P5+1, it is an absolute prohibition on Iran from creating a nuclear bomb, and having Iran clear up ambiguities in its nuclear program to the satisfaction of the International Atomic Energy Agency," Mousavian writes.