18.05.08 Why Does Iran Deal Even Matter?

May 9, 2018


Why Does It Even Matter?

The debate on the so-called “Iran Deal” often divides into two camps: those who believe it will add to world peace and those who don’t.

Here’s what you should consider…

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Basics Of “The Deal”:

Who: Iran & U.S., Russia, France, U.K., China & Germany.
What:A “IranA reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire anyA nuclear weapons.” Preface,A JCPOA.
When: 2015. 2 yr-long negotiation.
How: International Atomic Energy Agency (U.N. watchdog) says Iran complying w/deal; Israel says found evidence Iran already cheating.

What About Terrorism?

  • Iran = labeled by U.S. as a state sponsor of terror since 1984.
  • Pres. Trump led remarks: “The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror.
  • Obama admin negotiated deal SOLELY on nuclear issue, relying on established sanctions to address Iran’s state-sponsored terror. Trump admin thinks this was a mistake.

Meanwhile, Inside Iran…

“The sense of crisis in Iran runs deep and wide. The economy is in free fall. The currency is plummeting. Rising prices are squeezing city dwellers. A five-year drought is devastating the countryside. The pitched battle between political moderates and hard-liners is so perilous that there is even talk of a military takeover.”

New York Times

What Now?

  • Sanctions snap back on Iran NOW; established contracts can unwind over several months.
  • Iran says open to negotiating with “E3” – U.K. France & Ger. Watch oil prices if this falls apart.
  • Nat. Security Advisor John Bolton says Prez’ decision will impact upcoming negotiations w/ North Korea & getting a “real deal”.

Here’s the opinion of an American man formerly held prisoner by the Islamic Republic of Iran, where 5 Americans remain behind bars:

by Jenna Lee,