The new deal with Iran and what it means for the West

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) hugs French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the UN in Geneva, Nov. 24, 2013. Iran & six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse)


It didn't take long for the congratulatory mood of six nations pleased with an interim nuclear deal with Iran to be countered by the skeptical, suspicious and wary. Iranians outside the country watching this unfold are also very careful.

"We're deeply skeptical. We think past actions best predict future actions. And Iran has you know defied the United Nations Security Council, it has defied the International Atomic Energy Agency. Simply put Iran has not earned you know the right to have the benefit of the doubt. We feel the sanctions have been incredibly strong and are beginning to bring about change. And that's why Canada will maintain its tough and full sanctions".

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaking Sunday about the Iran deal

The United States along with France, Russia, China, England and Germany call the interim deal a breakthrough that could make the world a safer place. That's not the opinion of the Israeli Prime Minister. Benjamin Netanyau says it's an "historic mistake." And as John Baird mentioned, the Canadian government remains "deeply skeptical."

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With more on what the six-month deal entails and what it could mean for Iran and the West -- as well as the schisms it may have opened up -- we were joined by Houchang Hassan-Yari. He's a professor of politics and international relations at the Royal Military College of Canada & Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

For Canadians with family and friends in Iran - the lifting of sanctions is not an abstract concept. This deal could change the lives of the people who've long endured the effects of these sanctions. However some remain skeptical this deal will actually ease much suffering.

Samira Mohyeddin and Takin Aghdashloo are Iranian-Canadians and they were in our Toronto studio.

Have thoughts you want to add to this discussion? What do you think of this deal?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino, Lara O'Brien and Debbie Pacheco.

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