It's been a month since the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was signed. Now, for the first time since 2009, a BBC correspondent has been allowed to spend time in the country. Kim Ghattas has been in Iran for the last week. While she was there, Ghattas sat down with Iranian Vice President Masumeh Ebtekar.
President Barack Obama has hailed the nuclear deal with Iran. He notes that it's not based on trust, but on verification. That's the old Reagan mantra "trust, but verify" turned in a new way. So just how good are these verification mechanisms?
The US and its negotiating partners in Vienna say they are extending the deadline set for an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. The official deadline was today but it has been extended to July 7. Iranians, understandably, are following the news very closely.
Iran and the US have one week to come up with a deal to control Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for relaxed sanctions. Those restrictions have taken a major toll on Iran, and citizens of the country are primed for an agreement.
Iran and the West couldn't reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program, but they did agree to continue talks on a nuclear deal for seven more months. While it's not what policymakers hoped for, John Kerry and other leaders still seemed positive that a deal is in the making.
After the US-Cuba thaw, Iranians are hoping that it's their turn for relief and improved relations with Washington. That's why many will be watching the State of the Union for signs that the US will ease sanctions on Iran that have made even some kinds of medicine hard to find.
The buzz from Geneva is that international talks there on Iran’s nuclear ambitions are approaching a deal. The deal could limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities for a decade or more, in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
There's a good chance the US and Iran could be close to a nuclear arms deal. But even as the negotiations continue in Geneva, both countries are still carrying out cyberwarfare campaigns against the other.