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Iran Isn’t Trying to Build a Bomb Tomorrow. It Wants Sanctions Relief.
Iran Isn’t Trying to Build a Bomb Tomorrow. It Wants Sanctions Relief.

Iran Isn’t Trying to Build a Bomb Tomorrow. It Wants Sanctions Relief.

Originally published in Foreign Policy

On Monday, for the first time since the nuclear deal with Iran went into effect on Jan. 16, 2016, Iran has deliberately violated its terms by producing more low-enriched uranium than the agreement permits. The threshold of 300 kilograms of uranium hexafluoride—corresponding to 202.8 kilograms of enriched uranium—was designed to keep Iran at a comfortable distance from nearly 1,500 kilograms of 3.67 percent enriched uranium that would be needed for a single nuclear weapon if the uranium were to be further enriched to 90 percent.

It has been a long time coming. A little over a year ago, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear agreement that bound Iran to carefully crafted restrictions on its nuclear program and intrusive inspections of its nuclear sites. He claimed that the Iranians were cheating—they were not, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has consistently reported. He claimed that this action would lead to a better deal—it has not, and chances of that are diminishing if they ever were realistic.

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Contributors

Project Director, Iran
AliVaez
Gérard Araud
Board Member, Former Ambassador of France to the U.S.