In the wake of a successfully signed deal which allegedly regulates Iran’s nuclear program, there are conjectures that such an achievement deserves recognition. The International Business Times on Wednesday wrote that the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SPIRI) has “recommended the names of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry for the Nobel peace prize in 2016 for the landmark nuclear deal”.

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament.

“There are serious limitations when it comes to an Iranian candidate and a US candidate,” Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, told Reuters, “But I am sure it will be seriously considered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.”

Former Swedish prime minister, Carl Bildt, tweeted,”I think the work of the Nobel Committee … this year just got much easier,”

It might be strangely ironic, perhaps even a disturbing comment or omen, that the prize named after the inventor of dynamite be given to the key players in a pact that seems to pave the way for Iran to build nuclear weapons. Even more ironic is giving a joint peace prize to two men who have a great deal of animosity for each other.

Last week Zarif intensely shouted at Kerry to the point that his shouts could be heard throughout the ritzy Palais Coburg in Vienna where talks were held, thereby ignoring Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s instructions not to shout at Kerry that were given after a number of previous outbursts. Among other things, Zarif angrily screamed at Kerry to “never threaten an Iranian!”

It can only be hoped that they can put on a friendly demeanor at the awards ceremony, like Peres and Arafat did in 1994.

It should be noted that to date, Iran has only had one Nobel Prize recipient. In 2003, Shirin Ebadi  received the $1.4 million prize “for her efforts for democracy and human rights”.  She was also the first Muslim woman to receive such an honor. In 2009, Ebadi’s award was allegedly confiscated by Iranian authorities, though this was later denied by the Iranian government.[3] If true, she would be the first person in the history of the Nobel Prize whose award has been forcibly seized by state authorities.[4] Ebadi lived in Tehran, but she has been in exile in the UK since June 2009 due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime.

This will certainly give John Kerry a chance to compare his Nobel Prize with that of his boss, Obama, whose award also left many scratching their heads in confusion.

Courtesy: JPUpdates