P110 - The Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran centrifuges

For many years, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has been warning that Iran was far along in developing nuclear weapons and that Iran's having "the bomb" was months away. His government has been lobbying the U.S. government to stop Iran. About 2005, the U.S. and Israel are rumored to have conspired to sabotage Iranian centrifuges used to enrich uranium by developing a computer virus called Stuxnet.

The Obama administration successfully negotiated a deal with Iran that would block its path to nuclear weapons development while allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. The deal was officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal was cosponsored by the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, and Germany. Most other countries agreed that the deal was good for everyone concerned. Israel and Congressional Republicans in the U.S. disagreed.

On May 8, 2018, Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal.

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