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Obama's Iran Deal Is Good For America

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In April 2015, the P5+1, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran. Among the key parameters: Iran'€™s enrichment capacity, enrichment levels, and stockpile would be limited; its Fordow site converted into a research center; and the Arak heavy water reactor redesigned. In return, the IAEA would gain greater access for inspections, and U.S. and EU sanctions would be lifted. Many in the U.S. fear that a deal as outlined would not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran'€™s hand in the Middle East. Not to mention the important question of trust. Is this agreement a '€œonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity'€ to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?


When combined with other political provisions in the framework for an agreement negotiated by Kerry and his partners, the recently concluded negotiation represents an important step toward a safer world.

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Ernest Moniz

The Obama administration and its indefatigable secretary of state deserve a hearty round of applause for what has been achieved at this point.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Graham Allison

The road to a final agreement remains long, but the April 2 announcement puts it within reach.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Vikram Singh

There’s plenty of cause for skepticism. But there are at least five reasons to support this tentative agreement.

Thursday, April 2, 2105
Kori Schake

To help persuade domestic hawks to accept a compromise, here are some suggested talking points for Kerry and Zarif to use in their respective hearings before the U.S. Congress and Iran’s Majles.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Ali Vaez

Why Iran can’t secretly build the bomb.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jacques Hymans

The Obama administration’s actions have shown the Iranians that they can continue their gradual march toward regional hegemony and save their nukes for another day. As a result, Sunni states are likely to feel threatened and go nuclear.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Thomas Donnelly

Sanctions relief should be a reward for ending Iran’s nuke program. But the current deal is a massive payment to temporarily put it on hold.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
David Rothkopf

Whether one views the “key parameters” of the Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday as good or bad, it is hard to deny that they hew more closely to Iran’s long-held demands than to those of the United States.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Michael Singh

The framework agreement with Iran recalls the era of arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union, but the differences rather than the similarities between the two periods are what make this an illuminating comparison.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Michael Mandelbaum

Unless Kerry fills in a lot of holes, Tehran will figure a way through them.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Ray Takeyh

The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sue Mi Terry and Max Boot

The key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program that were decided in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Office of the Spokesperson

Today, we have taken a decisive step: we have reached solutions on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Thursday, April 2, 2015
European Union

Negotiators said they reached a preliminary accord to limit Tehran’s nuclear program. Here’s a guide to help you navigate the talks.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
William Broad and Sergio Pecanha

A timeline with links to relevant articles.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
New York Times

Background on the negotiations with Iran and the preliminary nuclear agreement.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Congressional Research Service

Background on Iran’s nuclear program and negotiations.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Monday, February 10, 2014
Joe Cirincione

On how the president is trying to balance risks and opportunities in the framework accord reached with Iran.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
President Obama interviewed by Thomas Friedman

To seal the anticipated nuclear deal, more political will is required. The Iranian people have shown their resolve by choosing to engage with dignity. It is time for the United States and its Western allies to make the choice between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Mohammad Javad Zarif

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to legislation that would establish a congressional review for a proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Paul Kane and Mike DeBonis

The U.S. Senate rejected an effort on Tuesday to require any nuclear agreement with Iran to be considered an international treaty, which would have forced any deal to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate's 100 members.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Patricia Zengerle

Some 58 percent of voters back the outline deal, which would curb Iran's atomic program for more than a decade and subject Tehran to tough inspections.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ahead of a March 31 deadline for nuclear talks with Iran, more Americans approve (49%) than disapprove (40%) of the United States negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Pew Research Center