The Iran Nuclear Deal — 2/21/17

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Zarif — finance.yahoo.com

The Iran nuclear deal was a preliminary framework reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran & a group of world powers — the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, and Germany), and the European Union. The negotiations for this deal took place in March & April of 2015.

Donald Trump has lambasted the Iran nuclear deal throughout his campaign and during the beginning of his presidency, calling it “the highest level of incompetence.”

This week, we aim to answer a few questions:

  1. What sparked the need for the nuclear deal with Iran?
  2. What are the stipulations of the deal?
  3. What are the benefits and shortcomings of the deal? Why does Trump deplore it?
  4. What is Trump’s plan going forward regarding the deal?

All Readings

(1) An article on the history of Iran’s nuclear program and how it was created

(2) Key details of the deal, as reported by BBC

(3) A few thoughts on whether the deal is good or bad

(4) An interview highlighting some effects that the sanctions have had on Iran

(5) An article on how Republicans in congress reacted to the deal

(6) A list of reasons why the deal is bad, according to Kevin McCarthy — a Republican Congressman from California

(7) An article speculating what Trump will do with the deal

What brought about the need for a deal in the first place?

Before we try to understand the Iran nuclear deal and its effects, we need a little bit of context.

(1) Here is an article on the history of Iran’s nuclear program and how it was created. This article provides a timeline of nuclear relations between Iran and the rest of the world, starting in the 1950s.

What are the stipulations of the Iran deal?

The deal itself is approximately 500 pages. If anyone is interested in reading it, let me know and I can send you a link. Below is a BBC article summarizing the key details of the deal.

(2) Key details of the deal, as reported by BBC

Is the deal good or bad?

Like any deal, there are positive and negative effects of the Iran nuclear deal. Republicans have been very critical of the deal. Here are some articles that give some different perspectives and opinions.

(3) A few thoughts on what effects the deal will have, and some commentary on whether the deal is good or bad

(4) An interview highlighting some effects that the sanctions have had on Iran

(5) An article on how Republicans in congress reacted to the deal

(6) A list of reasons why the deal is bad, according to Kevin McCarthy — a Republican Congressman from California

What is Trump’s plan for the deal going forward?

Trump is very volatile, so this is a tricky question to answer.

(7) Speculation on what Trump will do with the deal

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