Seeds: Iran’s Nuclear program can be traced back to more than half a century ago, when President Eisenhower provided Iran with its first nuclear reactor (Thanks, Dwight) in an effort to create peaceful non-violent atomic programs, a phrase you don’t hear too frequently today. In subsequent years, Iran did not embrace the existence of a nuclear program, viewing it as a sign of “west-toxification”, until the 1980’s when the program was restored. Since this revival, Iran’s nuclear program has grown in size, causing western governments to search for ways to limit its power, including the introduction of economic sanctions to place pressure on the Iranian government.
Core: Although it is interminably long, the Iran Deal can be broken down into five basic parts.
Iran must give up 97% of its enriched Uranium, a key ingredient to making nuclear weapons (basically the milk and eggs of the bomb-making world).
Iran can only produce Uranium that is enriched at very low levels, making that Uranium less viable for making weapons.
Iran must cut down on their number of centrifuges (machines that enrich Uranium) by 67%.
Iran must allow the UN to inspect their nuclear facilities as long as they have a reasonable justification for the search.
In return for abiding by these conditions the U.S., the E.U., and the UN will all lift sanctions that have placed pressure on the crippled Iranian economy.
Skin: Many critics argue that this deal is far too lenient on Iran and that more aggressive actions need to be taken against its nuclear program. Others believe that this deal, and diplomacy as a whole, is a step in the right direction when it comes to the United States and foreign affairs in the Middle East.
Leaves: This deal is expected to aid the failing Iranian economy and could be the first step in improving relations between Iran and the West. However, the leniency of the deal and the growth of Iran’s economy could also amount to more tension between and Iran and countries such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. This deal has been endorsed by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the past.
Food for thought: What do you think of the Iranian Nuclear Deal? Is it a victory for diplomacy or a sign of weakness from the President and the Western World? Were there any other viable options to resolve this issue? Tell us what you think.
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