In a recent televised interview, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there would be "a new dynamic" in relations between Tehran and Moscow. Diplomatic exchanges between Russia and Iran have been on the rise over the past few months, with President Putin and Rouhani maintaining close contact.
For decades relations between Iran and the United States have been marred by animosity and mutual accusations. The two countries severed official diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and the subsequent hostage crisis.
Tehran's nuclear ambitions have become a cause of a major dispute between the Islamic Republic and the world powers. There've been multiple rounds of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group, with both sides failing to make significant headway. The election of Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator, as Iran's seventh president was seen by many as an opportunity to move beyond the nuclear deadlock.
Is Tehran looking to build a nuclear bomb or not? This is the most debatable issue challenging the West and a thorny point in the talks between Iran and the six world powers. They are trying to hammer out a comprehensive nuclear deal following the interim agreement reached last November.
Iran and six world powers are resuming talks on Tehran's nuclear program in mid-June, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi. Mr.Araqchi made it clear that the negotiating parties are trying to reach a consensus, but indicated that the world powers "once again have to make tough decisions."