Iran And The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program

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The summer of 2015 marked a significant event in history – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany, and Iran were able to come to an agreement about restricting Iran’s nuclear programs. The capability of Iran to pursue a nuclear weapon scared the international community, and this deal brought some peace to the political scene. For Iran, a nuclear weapon represented legitimacy and leverage over the major powers of the world, so it is interesting that Iran willingly blocked its avenue to achieve this bargaining chip. Nonetheless, there are ongoing security concerns about a nuclear Iran and its methods of power projection, so it becomes necessary to analyze the success of the Iranian nuclear deal and current…show more content…
In return, the United States and other nations agreed to lift some sanctions on Iran, unfreeze its assets, and allow Iran to enter the international oil market. On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency officially declared, “Iran has curbed its nuclear program enough to begin receiving relief on sanctions” (Kennedy 2016). This statement alone demonstrates that the nuclear deal reduced the risk of a nuclear Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency has historically expressed great concerns about Iran’s overt and clandestine nuclear operations. The nuclear deal with Iran granted the International Atomic Energy Agency to have the ability to do strict inspections on Iran, which Iran has avoided in the past, so the declaration of Iran’s fulfillment of international standards shows the efficacy and the durability of the agreement. The major critics of the nuclear deal cite Iran’s track record of long-term deviation from previous agreements and resolutions and argue Iran will renege on its promises. This argument is legitimate because Iran has numerous violations across decades. For example, from about the mid-1980s to 2003, Iran violated several sections of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement. Iran “failed to report that it had purchased natural uranium from China in 1991,” “failed to report that it had used 1.9 kg of the imported UF6 to test P1 centrifuges at the Kalaye Electric Company centrifuge workshop in 1999 and 2002,” and worst of all,
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