This week saw the start of a second round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in Geneva, aimed at securing an interim six-month deal over Iran’s controversial nuclear program that should, in essence, pave the way for a longer-term and more complete agreement next year.

Senior diplomats from the Islamic Republic were joined by their counterparts from the six world powers on 20 November, amid growing optimism that a deal was in the offing. An agreement, should it be reached, would likely offer Tehran a degree of sanctions relief, in exchange for some concessions on the nuclear program the West fears could be used for military purposes. (CONTINUED - 1127 WORDS)