Monday, October 13, 2014

Global Impact: How Is It Possible to Negotiate with a Country You Don't Have Diplomatic Relations With?

According to, the United States and Iran (then called Persia) established diplomatic relations in 1883. 

In the following years, Iran saw the 1906 establishment of a limited constitutional monarchy, a 1953 coup against its democratically elected prime minister that was supported by the United States and the United Kingdom and a 1979 revolution against the country's hereditary ruler, the Shah of Iran. 

The United States broke diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 after a group of revolutionary Iranian students, angered that the deposed Shah has been allowed to enter the United States, seized the US Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage. 

The US Government does not have diplomatic relations with Iran. 

COMMENT: Admittedly, I am a common man whose parents never attended any university, but I did. I hold a BS in law enforcement, cum laude, from The American University and an MS in justice studies, also from AU.

That being said, for the life of me, I fail to comprehend how a country that has no diplomatic relations with the US, and hasn't since 1980, is seemingly able to negotiate a nuclear deal that has direct impact on all democracies across the globe with the possible exception of Iran, officially referred to as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

If any of our readers know the answer to this proverbial Catch-22, I await your prompt response:

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