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Iran Comes Off 30 Years Of Isolation With Historic Nuclear Deal


Ending more than three de-cades of isolation by the major world powers across all conti-nents, Iran reached a historic deal with six world powers on July 14, 2015 that promises to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief. The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama’s for-eign policy, appears set to re-shape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East. “This deal offers an opportunity to move in a new direction,” President Barack Obama declared at the White House in remarks that were car-ried live on Iranian state televi-sion. “We should seize it.”

The agreement bars most re-search and development work until after year 10. But then the restrictions come off quickly and the breakout time diminishes to just a few months, which is about where it is today. The Nuclear deal will curb Iranian nuclear pro-grams and ease fears of a nuclear-armed Iran threatening the volatile Middle East. In ex-change, Iran will get billions of dollars in relief from crushing inter-national sanctions. The accord, reached after long, fractious ne-gotiations, marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that have labeled each other the “leading state sponsor of terrorism” and “the Great Satan.”