The Making and Unmaking of The Iran Nuclear Deal
The Iran Nuclear Deal was a decades-in-the-making achievement — until Trump crushed it.
Reverse Course in Iran Nuclear Deal
According to a joint statement in Switzerland, the P5+1 countries and Iran agreed on a framework for a deal. According to this framework, Iran would redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities and accept the Additional Protocol (with provisional application) in order to lift all nuclear-related economic sanctions, freeing up tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets. In addition to the joint statement, the United States and Iran issued fact sheets of their own.
In 1979 Iran overthrows its U.S.-backed monarch and becomes an Islamic Republic. President Trump has spent his first two years in office dismantling former president Barack Obama's work in Iran relations. Back in 2002, the U.S. accuses Iran of secretly building nuclear weapons while it pursues nuclear energy. After negotiations went back-and-forth for years with the U.N. in 2004, Iran agrees to stop enriching uranium. In 2007 Presidential candidate Obama says he’d be open to pursuing diplomacy with Iran's leaders. 2008 - The U.N imposes heavy sanctions on Iran — hoping to prevent uranium production. President Obama announces in 2009 that the G8 has agreed to pursue diplomatic solutions to Iran’s growing nuclear presence.
In 2011 the International Atomic Energy Agency releases a report that says Iran is pursuing a nuclear explosive device. Then in 2013 - The United States begins secretly negotiating with Iran and deal is reached in 2015. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action imposes severe limits on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifted sanctions. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the agreement an “historic mistake.” Donald Trump begins slamming the Iran deal on the campaign trail. In 2018 - In a bizarre presentation aired on CNN, Netanyahu claims to have proof that Iran has been hiding nuclear weapons. Trump withdraws from the Iran nuclear deal. Obama calls the withdrawal a "serious mistake."