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Sir Richard Dalton, a graduate of the Middle East Center for Arab Studies in Shemlan, Lebanon, was British consul general in Jerusalem from 1993 to 1997 at an early stage of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.But even after such experience of tortuous diplomacy, Dalton sighed a little when he talked of the nuclear negotiations between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and Iran just days before the Nov. 24 deadline for an agreement.Looking back at negotiations between the European Union and Iran in 2003-2005, which he helped conduct as the U.K.'s ambassador to Tehran, Dalton lauded clear progress in the current phase of talks, which picked up pace after the United States and the European Union introduced punitive energy and financial sanctions in 2012 and Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president in 2013 .Hence while Dalton believes progress in the nuclear talks has resulted in part from isolating them from other issues, he also recognizes the pressures the Iranian leadership feels from violent Sunni extremism around the region.Richard Dalton's analysis for Chatham House can be accessed at: http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/16312?dm_i=1TY8,302C3,BP8UGA,ASWOY,1 .
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