The concern is that due to domestic political constraints, and Iran’s inadequate levels of cooperation in the past, the pendulum may have swung too far in favour of punitive measures, with a resultant dearth of proposals and lack of appetite for constructive engagement.
The “carrot and stick” approach has already been rejected by the Iranians, who regard it is offensive to their cultural sensibilities, which explains Iranian caution towards American outreach.
It highlights some of the key features of a potential deal between the E3 3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US) and Iran on its nuclear programme.
It identifies a set of tangible steps and considerations regarding the conduct, structure and sequencing of negotiations, and thereby offer a persuasive way forward for all parties involved.
The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, famously described it as “an iron fist ensconced in a velvet glove”.The second section of the briefing goes on to analyse the dual-track policy of the Obama administration and the EU i.e.the pursuit of “crippling sanctions” in concert with statements of willingness to engage.To support a diplomatic solution to this conflict, we present a series of recommendations which take into account the domestic constraints of Iran and the E3 3 states and sets the framework for trust-building and long-term cooperation between the parties.“Thirty years of estrangement” between Iran and US has led to “thirty years of futility” in the relationship.