Olivia Orme, Entry #7

11/24/13

Nuclear Deal with Iran in Geneva

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/24/world/meast/iran-nuclear-deal/index.html?hpt=po_c1

For years America has faced a large threat in the Iranian nuclear weapons program, and both countries seemed unable to ever agree with one another on an agreement on how to settle the issue. However, it was announced today that Iran has come to an agreement with the US and will limit the ability of nuclear weapon construction in return for eliminating some of the international sanctions against them. The remarkable agreement has been in the works for ten years, and will help remove issues for Iranian economics and US military concerns over nuclear weapon construction. The agreement will have a trial period of six months to see if it really diminishes the nuclear weapons program and is having a positive effect for everyone. Reactions to the agreement have been very mixed in the US and in the Middle East. Iranians are pleased to have more freedom and a chance to thrive economically with fewer sanctions, and also seem determined to prove they are not a threat to anyone. Americans have mixed emotions, while many are happy for coming to an agreement, the question of whether or not the Iranians will keep their end of the deal is in question, since many limitations will be lifted and give more freedom to the possibility of weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not pleased of the new freedom Iran has, given the history of Iranian threats against Israel, but President Shimon Peres seemed more willing to try diplomacy with Iran. Only the lesser sanctions have been removed, so there is still strong force being applied to Iran to limit nuclear construction, and all uranium used must be at 5% enrichment or lower. The agreement is a significant move towards a peaceful future with Iran, if all goes according to plan.

The agreement with Iran is a big step in the right direction with international affairs. Our history with Iran has not been pretty, but the future could be if the agreement does have a positive outcome. By removing some of the sanctions, hopefully Iran will be able to restore the economic turmoil it has been undergoing, and the nuclear threat will be diminished. The risks of giving Iran freedom are very apparent, since they can still construct weapons without our knowledge, and given the fact Israel is one of our closest allies we cannot afford to loose them thanks to Iran. It’s a large gamble, but the rewards outweigh the risks to many. The main issue is on US soil, since many congressmen are at odds with whether or not to support the move by President Obama. If it causes tension among our own people, is it really worth the political move? The next six months will be the deciding factor, and once we have a better sense of Iran’s actions and use of the agreement, more Americans can rally behind the decision, or we can remove it entirely.

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