The Next Step on Iran

September 17, 2015 8:52 PM

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The Next Step on Iran

The much-debated Iranian nuclear deal is all but certain to go through now that opponents in Congress have failed to stop it. But that doesn't mean that the opposition is going to stop fighting. The U.S. and the other major Western powers reached the agreement with Iran to restrict that country's nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. President Barack Obama contends it is the best way to ensure Iran is not pursuing a bomb, but critics say its not enough to ensure Iran doesn't have sufficient technology to do so. The deal will be formally adopted on Oct. 19, but will not be implemented until Iran complies with the necessary steps stipulated in the deal, like reducing its nuclear stockpile. This could take 6-9 months. Once the deal is implemented, the U.S. and Europe will waive nuclear-related sanctions that have been imposed on Iran, and the Islamic Republic will also receive access to billions in frozen assets.

There are a number of factors that come into play. First is that our domestic politics are much more polarized than they are other in countries. That means that every single issue becomes much more pronounced in the U.S. than elsewhere.

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