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Is the future of the nuclear deal with Iran in danger?

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21.03.2017
Donald Trump’s election as the new President of the United States has put many international deals at risk. Previously agreed multilateral agreements are being revised, and bilateral relations between countries are facing new challenges. Many perceive the approach of the new American president as one of the main factors of instability in international relations.

One of the risks the international community faces is the sustainability of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known also as the Iran nuclear deal.

Concluded between Iran and the P5+1 on July 14, 2015, the deal was never considered to be perfect. Nevertheless, in spite of the much predictable challenges of realizing such an ambitious and technically complex agreement, many agree that it has so far been successfully implemented. Iran is taking certain steps to prove that it is committed to the realization of its obligations as defined in the agreement. P5+1 countries, on the other hand, have started to ease down the economic sanctions regime.

It is no secret that Trump is not happy with the deal - and he has time - and again hinted that he will see for its non-implementation or renegotiation.

The agreement does not have critics only in the U.S. Israel, perceiving Iran as a serious existential threat to its national security, is not in favor of the implementation of this agreement either. Saudi Arabia does not feel any different due to its regional competition with Iran, particularly in the Persian Gulf.

The future of the nuclear deal is criticized in Iran as well. As the final countdown in Iran for the presidential elections to take place in May this year has already started, the future of the JCPOA becomes more important for the international community.

Global Relations Forum (GRF), based in Istanbul, has brought together a group of international experts from Turkey, the U.S., the U.K., China, Russia, France, India, Israel and Iran, and has formed a task force to analyze the developments about the future of the nuclear deal with Iran.

This task force has made a declaration on the JCPOA on March 17, 2017. First and foremost, members of the task force agree that the nuclear agreement with Iran is far from being perfect. Yet, they also underline the........

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