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Iran: Nuclear History

To read the full text of the final nuclear accord agreed to by the P5+1 and Iran, please click here.

Developing a Nuclear Program
Iran Admits Deception
Interim Deal Struck
Renewed Distrust
A Second Extension
Framework For a Deal
Cheating and Skepticism
The Final Deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) traces Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions as far back as 1984, when current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei was president and Iran was in the middle of the War with Iraq. Fearing that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein might be developing a nuclear weapon, Iran felt the need to have its own bomb to deter its enemies. At a top-level meeting at that time, Khamenei endorsed a nuclear weapons program, saying "a nuclear arsenal would serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God's soldiers" (AP, September 18, 2009).  Ideally, Israel would like to see a complete dismantling of any sort of Iranian nuclear capacity.  Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on October 20, 2014, that a nuclear capable Iran "Is a threat to the entire world, and, first and foremost, this is a threat to us." (The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2014)  At this point, Iran faces “no insurmountable technical barriers to producing a nuclear weapon,” as stated by Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  (Bloomberg, February 2, 2015) A final nuclear accord was agreed to by P5+1 and Iranian negotiators and endorsed by the UN Security Council in July 2015. To read the full text of this final agreement, please click here.