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Iran Nuclear Deal Case Study

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The Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was formally adopted on October 18th, 2015 by Iran, Germany, and the UN Security Council-consisting of Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States. It enabled Iran to peacefully pursue nuclear program so long as it did not weaponize the program and it removed American sanctions and European embargos. In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has made efforts to eliminate the agreement or at least severely limit the program. To regulate the program, the international agreement states that Iran must allow its facilities to be searched and monitored periodically by a team of experts to verify that Iran is keeping within the stipulates of the…show more content…
Even without nuclear weapons, Iran represents a threat to Americans. With the introduction of the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran has been emboldened and arrested several Americans under false pretenses. A total of four Americans have been detained by the Iranian government since the JCPOA was implemented (CNN). Others have been detained for having American ties.
Moreover, the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency recently admitted that, though they technically should be able to access all Iranian military sites, they can’t actually search “military affiliated” sites (Washington Post). Top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, went so far as to call the US’s call for further inspections as a “dream” that would never be possible. Without access to the military sites, it is impossible to verify that Tehran is implementing the deal. The United States has no true knowledge about whether Iran is working on the development of nuclear weapons or not.
It is however known that Iran has aggressively been working towards its ballistic missile program despite defiance of Security Council resolutions. With the demise of Iranian sanctions, Iran was free to enter new market. They then invested their proceeds into their ballistic missile program. Iran acts as a significant threat to close American ally, Israel. It in fact inscribed “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew on two of its ballistic missile tests
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