Annie Waqar, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, wrote an article on the Iran nuclear deal.

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In her article, Annie spoke about the difficult negotiations and the tensions between Iran and the US on Iran’s nuclear programme, especially since President Donald Trump decided to withdraw US support for the deal in May 2018.

She said: “Since then, tensions between Iran and the US, a signatory to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – alongside the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China – have escalated. Last November, the US inflamed things further by re-imposing economic sanctions targeting both Iran and the states that trade with it.”

Commenting on a potential risk of a nuclear threat, Annie explained that if Europe failed to find a way for business and investors to work with Iran without being sanctioned by the US, President Rouhani would threaten to increase Iran’s uranium-enrichment production even further. 

She added: “So far, Iran has also abstained from getting entangled in military brinkmanship with the US. But Trump may soon face a tough choice: either engage in a military clash with Iran or return to the JCPOA. The latter may be a u-turn too far for the bellicose president.

“Either way, it is difficult to convince nations to surrender nuclear weapons once they have them. In this case, everything peaceful should be done to ensure that Iran is prevented from acquiring one in the first place.”

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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