Iran Nuclear Agreement in 14 Facts — Who Got the Best Deal?

How could a deal be bad if it stops an America-hating ruthless regime from making nuclear weapons? It can’t be. When we have one, let me know. Right now, the Iran nuclear agreement is a politically-motivated exchange of promises that allows Iran to keep much the nuclear weapons technology they have, continue nuclear weapons development, forces the American tax payers to pay $1.7 billion in cash plus provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Between the $1.7 billion in American tax money and the lifting of sanctions, money is now pouring back into the oppressive, Jew-hating and hostile Iranian government. Does it stop nuclear weapons development? Inspections are not allowed at all sites and Iran gets a full 24 days of notice every time the UN wants to inspect an allowed site. Yes, 24 days, not 24 hours. You decide if they can still develop nuclear technology given those guidelines.

President Obama’s requirements for a deal were rejected by the Iranian team and our President then, comically, dropped any requirements for a deal and had Secretary of State John Kerry just try to get as much as he could within Iran’s guidelines. Tough negotiating there, Mr. President. Here is what we agreed to (references and further reading at the end of the post):

What we get:

  • Iran agrees to keep enrichment levels at 3.67%.
  • Iran agrees not to build new heavy water facilities which can create weapons-grade plutonium.
  • Iran is allowed to continue nuclear research and development. For the next eight years they agree to limit this research.
  • Iran agrees to reduce the number of centrifuges and amount of uranium.
  • Iran agreed to release six Americans they have been holding prisoner contingent on the US paying $1.7 billion ransom (violating long-standing and bipartisan policy not to negotiate for hostages).

What Iran gets:

  • The US agreed to pay Iran’s required $1.7 billion to release the hostages. Iran claims the US owes this amount in interest from an arms deal about thirty years ago.
  • There will be no international inspections allowed without a 24-day notice prior to each inspection and not every site is allowed to be inspected.
  • No US inspectors are allowed in.
  • Iran is allowed to keep 5,000 centrifuges. These are the devices used to enrich uranium for both nuclear weapons and nuclear power. This will be a smaller number than they currently have, but whether it is 5,000 or 20,000, the fact is they can be used to make nuclear weapons and they get to keep them.
  • Iran is allowed to have as many centrifuges as they want after ten years.
  • Iran is allowed to keep a stockpile of uranium, which can be used for making nuclear weapons, but they can not stockpile as much of it. The new limit is 660lbs.
  • There is an underground nuclear facility that Iran can continue using as a nuclear facility, but promises to pause nuclear weapons development there.
  • There is a nuclear facility at Arak that currently has weapons-grade plutonium. Despite the wishes of the US and others, Iran gets to keep this facility operational, but promises to pause production of weapons-grade plutonium there and promises to send the stockpile of weapons-grade plutonium out of the country.
  • Iran can continue missile tests, despite formerly being banned from the activity and despite what the Obama administration had originally told the public.

How does this get enforced? What happens if there is a violation? Well, that bit of uncommonly bad negotiation deserves a space of its own. You can find it HERE in Part 2 of this series.

For more detail on the $1.7 billion of US tax dollars paid to Iran as a ransom for hostages, see Ransom Paid by Obama Admin Violates Bi-Partisan US Policy.

References and further reading:

Video: Rhodes

Video: Tapper grills Ben Rhodes

Brookings countering misconceptions about sanctions

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