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    Share your Iran news related sources here. One link per post, please.

    On a near regular basis, you’ll see campaigns to invade / bomb Iran over their potential for producing nuclear weapons. Israeli officials have been claiming Iran would soon have nuclear weapons for at least the past three decades. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for keeping tabs on Iran’s nuclear activity, and regularly inspects Iran’s refineries to make sure there is no weapons-grade plutonium leaving. Even though the IAEA regularly reports compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, US media outlets have a history of misinforming the public of the goings on in Iran’s nuclear refineries. It is, therefore, necessary to rely on the actual IAEA reports themselves rather than media reports that tend to cherry pick information to suit an agenda to determine what’s actually happening inside Iran’s nuclear refineries.

    Possibly the most concerning aspect of the allegations against Iran is the demand to prove a negative. How can any country prove that they are *not* producing weapons grade plutonium? Yet that is precisely what the US government insists of Iran, with the threat of war if Iran can not provide evidence that they are *not* engaging in nuclear weapons development.

    In 2015, the United States, along with Russia, China, U.K., France, and Germany, reached an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Iran agreed to close more than two-thirds of its nuclear refineries and limit its enrichment procedures to civilian grade only in exchange for the lifting of several economic sanctions. The deal provided for the “snap-back” of sanctions should Iran not comply with their end of the deal, which will be determined by extensive inspections of their facilities.

    As of January 16, 2016, inspectors have confirmed that Iran has complied with their side of the deal. Inspectors have confirmed that Iran has:

    – Shipped 25,000 pounds of enriched uranium out of the country
    – Dismantled and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges
    – Removed the calandria from its heavy water reactor and filled it with concrete
    – Provided unprecedented access to its nuclear facilities and supply chain

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    The Historic Deal That Will Prevent Iran From Acquiring A Nuclear Weapon
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/iran-deal

    “On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran has completed the necessary steps under the Iran deal that will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful.
    Before this agreement, Iran’s breakout time — or the time it would have taken for Iran to gather enough fissile material to build a weapon — was only two to three months. Today, because of the Iran deal, it would take Iran 12 months or more. And with the unprecedented monitoring and access this deal puts in place, if Iran tries, we will know and sanctions will snap back into place.

    Here’s how we got to this point. Since October, Iran has:

    – Shipped 25,000 pounds of enriched uranium out of the country
    – Dismantled and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges
    – Removed the calandria from its heavy water reactor and filled it with concrete
    – Provided unprecedented access to its nuclear facilities and supply chain

    Because Iran has completed these steps, the U.S. and international community can begin the next phase under the JCPOA, which means the U.S. will begin lifting its nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. However, a number of U.S. sanctions authorities and designations will continue to remain in place.”

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    6 Things You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/14/422920192/6-things-you-should-know-about-the-iran-nuclear-deal

    1. It Would Curb Iran’s Nuclear Programs
    2. But It Still Allows Iran To Continue Enrichment
    3. The U.S. Says The Deal Makes An Iranian Nuclear Bomb More Difficult
    4. If Iran Doesn’t Comply, Sanctions Can Return
    5. It Sets Up A Comprehensive Inspections Regime
    6. Congress Has To Approve The Deal

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    World Powers Reach Agreement With Iran Over Its Nuclear Program
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/14/422620918/officials-world-powers-reach-agreement-with-iran-over-its-nuclear-program

    “According to the outline of the deal put out by the Obama administration, the terms would still allow Iran to enrich uranium, but only to 3.67 percent, which is needed for civilian purposes but much lower than would needed for a weapon. The deal also commits Iran to cut down on the number and types of centrifuges it can use, would set up a comprehensive inspections regime and limit the nuclear capabilities of Iran’s most controversial nuclear facilities: the underground bunker Fordow and the Arak heavy-water reactor.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said the bottom line is that the deal would increase Iran’s so-called breakout time — or the time it could take Iran to make enough material for a nuclear bomb. According to Kerry, once the agreement is implemented, Iran’s breakout time goes from two to three months to one year or more.

    In exchange, the United Nations and Western powers would drop sanctions in phases, giving Iran an infusion of capital and, more importantly, allowing it to rejoin international financial systems and sell more oil.”

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    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran Reports
    https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/focus/iran/iaea-and-iran-iaea-reports

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