Political ‘spin’ is part of any negotiation process, including in discussions on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. While it can sometimes be useful, it is important to keep expectations in check to ensure that goals are both realistic and achievable.
US President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that the US will lift its embargo on exporting defence equipment to Vietnam grants Hanoi comprehensive access to the US defence market. Questions remain however, over the country’s readiness for the international defence market.
While the operational launch of Bushehr may receive only passing attention in the media, it represents a significant step forward for Iran’s potential nuclear weapons capability. With the danger of a nuclear domino affect hitting the Gulf States, how far can Iran’s claims of using nuclear technology for solely peaceful purposes be trusted?