Rabat – Gulf countries have remaining concerns that the nuclear deal with Iran will spark unwanted instability within the region, despite the deal’s intentions to improve relationships among the several world powers.
Iran’s adversaries are concerned that the nuclear deal, which includes sanctions relief for Iran, will give the country greater resources to fund and assist with it’s military projects. Furthermore, certain Gulf countries fear that Iran’s anticipated economic improvement will enable the country to have greater control over the region.
How much economic improvement Iran will encounter is up for debate, and it could be months until the country sees positive effects from the lifted sanctions. However once it does, Iran will gain access to around $100 billion in frozen assets.
Saudi Arabia issued a pointed warning, saying Iran must use any economic gains from the lifting of sanctions to improve the lives of Iranians, “rather than using them to cause turmoil in the region, a matter that will meet a decisive reaction from the nations of the region.”
For years, the Arab region has remained in polarized conflict between Iran and other Gulf powers, most notably Saudi Arabia.
“Deal or no deal, tension in the region is not going to go away,” said Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University. “If Iran is bent on acting as a hegemon, as a regional power, I think we are in for some difficult times.”
These concerns highlight the fact that, despite the deal, conflicts in the Arab world remain complicated and unsolved.