News with North: The Iran Deal

It tends not to be the best idea to put immense trust and the lives of millions into the hands of your enemies. The Iran Nuclear Deal, which did this very well on behalf of the United States, was put into place by the United Nations Security Council in 2015. This deal was great, but only for one party– Iran, the exact country it was meant to deter.

Prior to this, Iran had been in a terrible condition, sanctioned time after time for refusing to negotiate and create peaceful relations with the United States. These sanctions built up over time, greatly restricting the economy of Iran, which continues to be extremely dangerous. With Iran in economic turmoil, in what was not the most logical move, the United Nations met and introduced this set of resolutions, which instead boosted and gave a monumental advantage to the country.

In essence the Iran Deal was a “get out of jail free card”, as it contained few stipulations and hoped to slow down nuclear bomb production in Iran. It required Iran to reduce its production of Uranium and to be subjected to frequent reports from their nuclear plants conducted by an impartial researcher. With these being just a few examples, the general theme of the deal is that it doesn’t stop but slows down Iran’s nuclear production, making a breakthrough and surplus of weaponry on Iran’s behalf inevitable. In return the sanctions on Iran were discontinued, resulting in their economy skyrocketing and gaining billions of dollars. It seems that again the Obama administration aimed to stave off rather than deal with their problems head on, and did so by putting trust in enemies of the United States.

Now that this deal has been in effect for nearly two years, one may ask where Iran is now. Aside from profiting hugely from the removal of sanctions, Iran has continued to manufacture nuclear weapons claiming that they only want to maintain peace, while simultaneously having a corrupt political system which has and continues to partake in state-sponsored terrorism. Along with this, as many politicians have claimed, Iran has violated the deal in that the inspections have not been perfectly legitimate.

On the 13th of October President Trump stated that he will not re-certify the deal, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the U.S. has ever entered into,” and claiming “we will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakthrough.” Looking ahead, it seems wise to not continue this deal, though the odds of its total elimination are not probable considering that there are many other countries who will continue to support it, trying to protect themselves from the imminent threat that Iran holds.

– Colin North ’20

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