With Trump gone, is the Iran nuclear deal back? In 2015, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia signed the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) with Iran. In return for Iran significantly curtailing its nuclear programme (and allowing monitoring and verification by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency), Western powers agreed to lift economic sanctions.

However, in May 2018, the US decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran deal, which then-President Donald Trump bombastically labelled “the single worst deal I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody”. The Trump administration argued the deal didn’t address Iran’s ballistic missile programme, nor did it prevent Iran from providing weapons, training and money to militias and other non-state actors across the region (including in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen).

What do our readers think? We had a comment come in from Marko, who argues the EU should play a key role as a mediator between the US and Iran in order to save the deal. Is he right? What role should Europe play? And, if successful, should we consider the salvaging of the Iran nuclear deal an EU diplomatic victory?

To get a response, we put Marko’s comment to Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association. What would she say?

For another perspective, we also put Marko’s comment to Ali Vaez, Iran Project Director at the International Crisis Group. How would he respond?

Next up, we had a comment from Παυλος, who thinks leadership on all sides was ultimately to blame for the stalling of the Iran nuclear deal. With the recent change in the US administration, however, can the deal be saved?

Finally, we had a comment come in from Ivan, who worries that Iran could have “a fully functional nuke ready to hit Madrid with a week”.

Is that a serious risk? To get an expert response, we put Ivan’s comment to Ali Vaez from Crisis Group. What would he say to Ivan?

Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved? Is the Iran nuclear deal an EU diplomatic victory? How long would it take Iran to develop and deliver a nuclear weapon? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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What do YOU think?

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    The EU can’t do anything. It’s just an economic union and not even a good economic union. The world powers are four: The USA, The British Commonwealth, Russia and China. EU is nowhere near them.

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      Крис Караджов bwa Eu is a way to prevent colonization and further divide the world amongst the super powers with the exception of the eu Divided and conquered and still being divided Until all superpowers have a bit of Europe on their plate

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      Крис Караджов forget about the British Commonwealth. Canada Australia New Zealand are indipendent countries and are not likeminded with the UK in a lot of international issues.

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      The EU is just a technocratic organisation helping multinationals to become the leader of the “One Planet” … to keep up with the greenish agreements and orientations of the elite meeting up around specific Round Tables …

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    The EU can’t do anything. It’s just an economic union and not even a good economic union. The world powers are four: The USA, The British Commonwealth, Russia and China. EU is nowhere near them.

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    Why discuss with a Kindergarten minded state ?

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    Europe is only a money pit for ritch country’s and santa for the poor.

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    First, you should understand that EU is not Europe…

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    You don’t discuss with countries like those ones.

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    Does Biden know were Iran is? Last time he confused Afghanistan with Irak.

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    catherine benning

    Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?

    There never was an Iran deal. Anyone who believes this existed on any level is delusional. It was simply set up as a trade catalyst to pretend a coming together of minds in some mutual belief. It was not and is not something genuinely considered enforceable by any of the players involved.

    And the Twit Biden with his giggler side kick know it. Americans are now so infantile they believe anything. More seriously, if you try to discuss their lack of understanding politics and the inane insistence we go along with it, they get infantile and call ‘cancel’ in silly kindergarten tones. Take a look at red jacket prince along with his Klingon feminist hurry come up.


    They seriously believe in Royal blood. Hilarious when you consider neither of them has any. However, it is what you identify as on any given day that matters, isn’t it?

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    What about human rights in Iran. Can those be saved?

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    Thank you for organising an european health service

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    The E.U. shouldn’t get involved. Both sides hate us anyway. And no matter what we do we will always be criticized for it. So why should we care? Moreover: Europe stands nothing to gain from supporting either side. Let the rest of the world sort their own problems out, we should concentrate on our own; we have enough on our plate ourselves. We can’t even solve our own existential issues, but we will throw away resources and money at this never ending saga? And then common Europeans will still be blown up in their own cities as a way of saying thank you by Islamists and Mossad. There are plenty of problems threatening to destroy Europe, but Israel’s and Iran’s conflict isn’t part of that. Build a wall around Europe, give us real borders again, that’s all common Europeans ask – and not the E.U. meddling in these foreign affairs.

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    EU should split up into sovereign state to see a better world… So far geopolitic is the main purpose of the USA … and this is extremely well explained in a nutshell: In-Depth International Relations Analysis : The European Migration Mo vement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zAl_WEMrmo&list=PL1vNLZF5gfweVpbWmOhb8rFksCeW2J2YB&index=11 25:060:28​ – Description of the European Refugee Crisis0:52​ – Origin of the Migrants / How did they enter Europe (Routes)?3:50​ – War affected regions in the Middle East4:57​ – Causes of Migration5:56​ – What is the real reason behind European Migration8:09​ – How USA uses Liberalism & Democracy to gain control (Indian Example)12:20​ – Rise of the Neo-Conservatives in the American Politics14:22​ – Iraq invasion and Syrian invasion17:14​ – Sudden incoming of Migrants in Europe caused serious problem20:13​ – Explained the Insider – Outsider theory22:03​ – Summary of the European Migration Crisis23:06​ – Difference in Eastern & Western culture / value / philosophy24:21​ – Final thoughts & conclusion!
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    Onmiddellijk Iedereen naar eigen land van herkomst ouders ! Grenzen dicht ! En als we ons 3 weken aan de regels houden, is corona hier weg ! Dank u

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    Europe ,USA,China, Russia have bombs too why not others?

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      Mbugua Moses why no one is much better Q ?

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      Sanya San Absolutely..

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    Maybe Israël will nuke them before they have it.

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    I fully agree with Julian Assange observation : High Tech liberalism and Islam are the two most hegemonistic, aggressive ideologies that humanity has encountered so far ! They will destroy democracy in the realm of neoliberalism. Assange hasn’t seen arising any decent alternative to these both expansionisms so far. Future is dark. Painful myserie is increasing.

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    Afghanistan is the most powerful country in the world we keek out UK Russia and its time to America

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    Tyler Moseley

    I think it’s a safer option to just be straight with the Iranians. If they make a nuclear weapon, we will give them hell.

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