Pivotal states confronting and accommodating iran

Those aspects of Iranian behavior are not covered under the terms of the JCPOA, so they don’t constitute violations.It’s an arms control agreement, limited in scope, like the ones we reached with the Soviet Union during the Cold War, which did not prohibit the Soviets from doing other things we opposed.

But without the support of other nations, that goal becomes much harder.

When he was running for the presidency he called the Iran deal “the worst deal ever negotiated” and promised to withdraw. Its signatories also include Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union.

To save face, he has apparently ordered his team to rationalize an irrational and damaging decision. It is enshrined in a United Nations Security Council Resolution.

Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran has significantly rolled back its nuclear program. and other signatories eased sanctions related to its nuclear program, giving Iran access to some of its own funds, which had previously been frozen.

It has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges; altered a nuclear reactor to remove its capacity to produce weapons grade plutonium; surrendered 98 percent of its nuclear material; and submitted to intrusive inspections to verify compliance. Sanctions related to Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism continue.

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