The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal, required Iran to submit to an intrusive international inspections and monitoring regime that ensured the country was not able to pursue a nuclear weapons program. In exchange, Iran received economic relief from U.S., E.U., and U.N. sanctions that directly targeted Iran’s nuclear program.
According to international inspectors and the United States’ own intelligence community, Iran was complying with the deal. Nevertheless, President Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018. Iran has now started to roll back its own commitments under the agreement.
Council for a Livable World believes that YES, a verifiable, multilateral diplomatic agreement (like the JCPOA) is the best way to deal with the proliferation threat posed by Iran. Learn more