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Iran abandons the 2015 nuclear deal

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    14th Jan, 2020

Iran has announced that it would no longer abide by any restrictions on its nuclear program, just days after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander in an airstrike in Baghdad.

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Context

Iran has announced that it would no longer abide by any restrictions on its nuclear program, just days after the United States killed a top Iranian military commander in an airstrike in Baghdad.

Background:

  • The deal officially called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran deal was signed on July 14, 2015.
  • It was signed between Iran, the U.S., China, France, Russia, the U.K., Germany, and the European Union.
  • P5 is the 5 permanent members of the UNSC (US, China, France, Russia, and the UK).
  • In May 2018, the United States President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the treaty, calling it “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” and imposed punitive new sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign.
  • The other signatories — Europe in particular, but also Russia and China — tried hard to preserve the agreement.
  • And Iran initially said it would adhere to its treaty obligations.
  • But Tehran has since taken a series of stepsaway from the treaty, and analysts fear that it may now renounce all of its obligations.
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