Iran Nuclear Deal Offers Few Clear Nonproliferation Lessons

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2231 (2015) on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, U.N. Headquarters, New York, July 20, 2015 (U.N. photo).
The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2231 (2015) on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program, U.N. Headquarters, New York, July 20, 2015 (U.N. photo).

Yesterday, the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 2231, which confirmed key provisions of the nuclear deal—officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—adopted last week by Iran and its P5+1 negotiating partners, comprising the U.S., France, the U.K., Russia, China and Germany. In her speech marking the resolution’s enactment, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew several lessons from the lengthy efforts to constrain Iran’s nuclear aspirations. These included the requirement for vigorous enforcement of global nonproliferation norms, the value of “tough, principled diplomacy,” the need for effective implementation of negotiated agreements and the imperative […]

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