By Samuel M. Hickey
During the ongoing, high-stakes talks to secure a roadmap for the United States and Iran to get back to compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), some misperceptions may have arisen which could affect debate about the potential plan’s merits. The Center has received myriad questions ranging from the current status of negotiations in Vienna to how resuming compliance with the JCPOA would work today versus when the agreement was first reached in 2015.
Similar to the running list of frequently asked questions Center experts put together on the nuclear issues in the Ukraine crisis, this new running list of FAQs on the many dimensions of the Iran nuclear deal intends to help set the record straight. If you would like our experts to answer your questions, please submit questions by tweeting at @nukes_of_hazard. We will do our best to answer them promptly.
The Center has also produced a couple of “back to basics” fact sheets covering the longevity of major nuclear provisions of the 2015 deal, the provisions that ensure that Iran cannot build or cheat its way to a nuclear bomb in a hurry, a discussion of how the deal was implemented back in 2015 and 2016, a short history of Iran and the Additional Protocol, correcting common misconceptions about the deal, and a graphic of the steps needed to return Iran to compliance with the deal.
Keep an eye out for additions to the FAQ page and upcoming fact sheets that dig into the specifics of the multilateral arrangement to return both Iran and the United States to compliance with the JCPOA.