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The Nuclear Deal with Iran

While the U.S. and Iran made a deal, everyone within those countries is not happy. Donald Trump calls it "disastrous" while others tout it as a great deal that will prevent Iran from getting nukes.  You will take one of two positions. Your opening statement should include a summary of your position and the key facts you are going to use in Tuesday's live debate.

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5 points

2. Without restrictions, Two months is the nessacary amount of time for the Iranians to stockpile enough material to produce a nuclear weapon. Research and development of nuclear weapons has been taking place Within Iran for more than a decade. With the agreement in place, that process is slowed to a year wherein the intrusive oversight of the UN will Ensure the United States is made aware of any substancial progress towards the development of nuclear weapons. Our goal is to stop the Iranians from getting their hands on nuclear weapons. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche noted that the most abundant of human stupidity occurs when one forgets what he's trying to accomplish. Whether or not the Iranians fund Hamas or other "terrorists" concerns not the issue of nuclear arsenals directly. Furthermore, on the issue of support for terrorism, revoking the deal would only lead to more disastrous effects because Iran would be able to support such groups with nuclear weapons if it felt so inclined as to do so. Nevertheless, this is not the concern. We want Iran to halt research and Development of nuclear technologies and we have succeeded. The United States stands at an advantage in this deal and while not perfect, it is the best deal imaginable.

3 points

The deal between the US and Iran deal is a deceptive one. The deal clearly favors US and it does not protect or take into account the lively hoods of Iranians. The deal is not forbidding Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon because it was already forbade. It's an assurance to make sure Iran stays tolerable. It's an agreement FOR the US and a punishment for Iran. It's just America maintaining their arrogance attitude and doing something that only benefits them in the end like always. "The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," Khamenei said. "They know it's not true. We had a fatwa, declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks."

Thames(131) Clarified
1 point

You captured your position well. Make sure you identify which position you are as a title.

Wildcard3(8) Clarified
1 point

My argument is based of the views of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hardliner

JackGAllen(9) Clarified
1 point

My argument is based of the views of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hardliner.

3 points

Meredith

The Iran Deal is a bad deal. While it will block Iran from making Nuclear Weapons for 15 years, once the 15 years is up, who's to say that with their new funded economy that America helped construct that they won't use that money to help build new bombs? This is dangerous even more so for our allies in Israel. This is a bad deal that will only help to fund terrorism.

Analeise1(4) Disputed
3 points

After those 15 years, we will know where their facilities are and we can strike them accordingly. If nothing else, the surveillance during that time period is invaluable. -- Keanu. Not Analeise. I really need to sign into my account...

mgbmere(14) Disputed
3 points

We are not "funding terrorism" the money they are "receiving" is actually their money, we just froze their assets. Furthermore, the people of Iran our just like Americans, they don't support terrorist groups, their government does. This deal is the best way to ensure the Iranians are not building up a nuclear arsenal, and are only using the uranium they own for nuclear energy. Also, the uranium they own can only be enriched to 3.67%,, and is weapons-grade uranium has to be enriched to 90%. There is almost no downside to this deal.

mgbmere(14) Disputed
1 point

Exactly we froze their assets and blocked billions of dollars. Now we're handing them back money that in return will help fuel their economy. And, they are not "just like Americans." Our government does not support terrorism unlike that of Irans. And, our deal doesn't say they can't do research on nuclear weapons. We are giving them billions of dollars and ample time to learn about nukes. We didn't fix the hole in a sinking ship. We only put a seal on it for a short time. In 15 years, we're gonna be in even more trouble with Iran being more advanced in nuclear research than they were before.

aaleeyah101(3) Disputed
1 point

Exactly we don't know if they will go back to making nuclear weapons thats why its important for us to keep their uranium that they have at a low rate, so we need to keep the deal going so when it us up, Iran will have nothing to enrich or use. l

MaryEliz2(2) Disputed
1 point

If after the deal, Iran decides to build new bombs we can just sanction them again, but this possibility doesn't make the deal bad.

1 point

I agree in order to improve this deal the agreement should last longer than 15 years. Even though Iran has yet to cheat who knows what they have up their sleeves.

3 points

The treaty between Iran and the US is one that will benefit both countries. This deal will turn Iran's nuclear program into a peaceful one by limiting their enriched uranium production and their number of centrifuges. In return they will receive relief from the sanctions put onto their country and they will receive assets that were previously frozen. This deal is our best real world option for solving an issue that's been at hand for a while. Iran can be trusted to act in a civil way and in the interest of their people despite past indiscretions considering what is at stake for them. In the event that Iran was to break the deal we would catch them before they were able to create a bomb due to inspections that are another condition of the deal.

3 points

Jared

For the Deal

The Iran is not the best deal in U.S. history, but it is the best deal we are going to get with Iran. With the deal, Iran has agreed to reduce the number of operating centrifuges from 20,000 to about 5,000, enrich uranium to 3.67% (enough to supply power, but not enough to create a nuclear weapon), and allow very strict inspections. Diane Randall states, "Iran has agreed to the most robust inspections regime ever negotiated." If Iran holds up their end of the deal, the U.S. will return the money Iran once had and allow them to sell their oil.

hjfox(3) Disputed
2 points

While their nuclear program will be hindered, their economy will be allowed to grow. As an enemy of Israel and Saudi Arabia, our most important allies in the middle east, a healthy economy is much more dangerous than a small nuclear program under a dying economy. As one of the biggest sponsors of terror, some of that money will not only go towards opposing our allies, but in funding terror groups that affect the world

aaleeyah101(3) Disputed
1 point

All the money would not go to funding terror groups, but to infrastructure. Iran is not all aobut terror groups and they hate it when we refer to them as a terror country.

2 points

Obama Liberal - This deal has strong positive results for the US while coming at a minimal cost. The US has managed to denuclearize another country without having to sacrifice anything other than lifting economic sanctions. Iran is allowed to keep nuclear power only to the enrichment of being able to use it for energy, 3.67%. Iran is also down in cerntrifuges and is under strict international inspection to prevent any attempt at use for bombs. Before the deal, Iran had enough Uranium for ten nuclear bombs. Now they don't have enough to complete 1. To maintain peace internationally, the US needs to do its best to retain stability. Adding another country with nuclear power would destabilize international relations. This is a win for both sides. The US will help keep international stability while Iran can finally lift the economic sanctions tearing through their economy.

Patrickc(7) Disputed
2 points

Lifting sanctions is more than ink on paper. There propagating effects. For example, lifting sanctions on Iran right now could somewhat hurt the US economy. The top two leaders of pistachio exports are Iran and the US, where Iran leads by less than 200,000 tonnes. Sanctions now will ruin the US's chances of catching up and excelling in another market. Sanctions should be kept until the ideal time to benefit the US.

daver(1771) Clarified
3 points

Really

You want to guide foreign policy, based on pistachios?

Hey that's just nuts 😂

daver(1771) Disputed
1 point

Iran no longer working on nuclear weapons!

Yeah right, just like Syria got ride of their saran gas ------ NOT

huntermace(12) Disputed
1 point

Despite these conditions being good for the USA, they do little to nothing to solve this problem long term. It's limitations on enrichment of uranium, centrifuges, and research will all end in 10 to 15 years as will the inspections by the IAEA. By limiting that weaponizing powers but not their nuclear program as a whole, we are only delaying their quest to get nuclear bombs in exchange for us lifting sanctions that will flood their economy with 400 billion dollars. Do we really think Iran will have a change of heart about their desire for nuclear bombs and "death to America" in the next 10 years?

JendayiL(8) Disputed
1 point

Another case of utter exaggeration, the west, the devil, claiming angelic innocence: "Flood [Iran's] economy with $400 million." There are two things wrong with this statement.

1) This would only be true if the U.S. was actually uholding its agreement to stop blocking Iranian access Tehran's money in foreign banks. However, “Today in all Western countries and in all those countries that are under their influence, our banking transactions have been blocked. We have a problem bringing our wealth — which has been kept in their banks — back to the country. We have a problem conducting different financial transactions that require the assistance of banks. … The US Department of the Treasury acts in a way … that big companies, agencies and banks do not dare to approach the Islamic Republic and have business transactions with it.” (March 2016, Khamenei).

2) The U.S. proclaims peace in the middle east, but in practice you too are chanting "Death to Iran." After whole-heartedly complying with the Nuclear Deal's regulations, U.S. sanctions are being lifted GRADUALLY not immediately. Further, stunting Iran's encomic growth.

America will pay for its deciet.

2 points

The Iran deal is a good and honestly is the best option possible. The Iran deal will extend the break out period for Iran making it harder and longer for them to have a nuke. The is deal will do this by lowering a number of centrifuges that they own, the percent of enriched uranium they have, and they will have inspections often there. The only problem people find with the deal that they gain billions of dollars but the money is their own money and their economy

2 points

Against the deal

The deal with Iran doesn't work. It allows Iran to continue to experiment with nuclear power and it releases sanctions witch allows Iran to strength it's economy and have more money. Iran is a dangerous country that wants to destroy one of our biggest allies in the middle east ,Israel. The president of Iran has even stated that he wants to wipe Israel off the face of the planet with nuclear arms. This deal allows Iran to get the funds then go back on the deal and make a nuclear weapon to destroy Israel.

triangleguy2(4) Disputed
1 point

The point of the nuclear deal is to slow down the amount of time it will require Iran to obtain nuclear weapons which it does by ten year! And with out the deal they would obtain nuclear weapons within a year which then we would have a bigger problem than just terrorist then we would have a problem with nuclear war! About the point that their president is stated on wiping out Israel of the face of the earth is also again invalid. They did have a president that has been stated on saying that but their CURRENT leader is a lot more negotiable than there president that stated that is. Their current leader is stated as saying it will stay against Israel and be its main enemy. But this deal also protects them because he is stated as saying that" with the nuclear agreement or without it, Iran will continue to serve as the main threat to Israel's security". he said with or without the deal so we can now say yes they will continue to be a enemy towards Israel but at least with nuclear weapons they cant wipe them off the face of the earth!

maurymalone1(2) Disputed
1 point

But it doesn't it allows Iran to save money with the nuclear power plants and the deal lifted sanctions. It allows Iran to acquire the money to research or even just buy a nuclear weapon from another country. This deal makes Iran a more powerful and modernized enemy that we will have to face sooner or later and by then Iran will have become a rich nation capable of putting up a fight or even a war against Israel or the U.S

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2 points

I agree that the Nuclear Deal with Iran is good with it we can successfully negotiate and end to the nuclear dispute with Iran and stop disastrous military conflict. It will prevent and Iranian nuclear bomb. The United States would be able to track Iran's nuclear activities and increase the time it would take Iran to acquire enough material for 1 bomb form 2-3 months to at least 1 year.

2 points

The Iran Deal is the best deal we are going to get with Iran. Not only does it allow the United States to regularly make sure Iran is not creating nuclear weapons, it also keeps the door open for potential diplomacy with Iran in the future. Iran hasn't violated the deal so far, and we have no reason to get rid of it. If we truly consider Iran our enemy, this deal is the best way to make sure they are not secretly creating a nuclear arsenal to go to war with us. Furthermore, the vast majority of American citizens are for the Unites States negotiating with Iran instead of just placing harsh economic sanctions on them. In fact, about 60% of Americans are for the deal.

JamesAcorn(7) Disputed
1 point

The deal has been in place for a very short period of time, and Iran has a rich history of pulling out of deals and continuing research. The current deal allows them to research with advanced centrifuges. They could research how to most effectively use these IR-2M centrifuges while getting their frozen assets back. They could pull out of the deal with more money and more knowledge on how to enrich uranium. This is very dangerous.

logan145(6) Disputed
1 point

The end goal of the deal is not in our favor. After the 15 year deal is up, we are going to have a terrorist dominated country with a newly strengthened economy with access to nuclear warfare developments. This deal is gradually setting up Iran to dominate the Middle East and attempt to take over the western world. This deal is disregarding the longevity of world peace.

2 points

With the Iran Nuclear deal, all four of the Iran pathways to a bomb are blocked. The deal keeps Iran from developing nuclear weapons because with the deal they only have 3.67% enrichment of Uranium, but they need 90% enriched uranium. That is a big gap between what they have and what they need to make nuclear weapons. Without a deal, Iran will be free to have 90% enriched uranium and as many centrifuges as they wish. The breakout time would also be 2-3 months, which is not a lot of time at all. However, with the deal, at least 15 years would be the breakout time for Iran. The deal will make it nearly impossible for Iran to successfully create a nuclear bomb. The Trump administration has found no evidence of Iran not holding up to the agreements.

lizziep(3) Disputed
1 point

What happens in 15 years? Iran can go right back to trying to maintain a nuclear weapon in 15 years. Also the sanctions being lifted will give the Iran alot of money to play around with. This money could be used to fund more violence and terrorism which is NOT a good thing.

CarsonM17(7) Disputed
1 point

ACTUALLY, because of close U.S. inspection over Iranian facilities, we know what they are doing with their very limited supplies. Lifting the sanctions gives Iran their economy there for benefiting the overall global economy and U.S. relations. This is a win-win scenario for America.

julia4(3) Disputed
1 point

The breakout time with the current deal is actually set at 12/13 months (Institute for Science and International Security). This does not factor in if Iran would implement IR-2M centrifuges. While the deal does require that almost all of these continuous centrifuges be placed in Hall B of FEP at Natanz, it also allows research to continue with 2 IR-2M centrifuges. When the Institute for Science and International Security factored in IR-2M centrifuges into the breakout time, it was more likely around 5 months.

2 points

Analeise - Against the Deal

The Iran deal is a temporary fix for the problem at hand. In 15 years, Iran will be free to create weapons unless the deal is renegotiated. Even with the tightening on Uranium enrichment, Iran will gain enough money to be strong enough for war. They would receive their $150 billion in frozen assets and much more from being able to sell oil again. The better option would be to strengthen the current sanctions against Iran. We are currently weakening Iran's government and if the sanctions were strengthened, Iran would not have enough money to peruse nuclear weapons or war plans. Iran already provides the greatest amount of funds terrorists. By tightening sanctions, they would have less funds to help terrorists as well.

2 points

This deal does have its faults. For one it does not require Iran to dismantle any nuclear facilities and permits it to continue its research and development of a new generation of contrigues and intercontinental missile technology. When the clock hits 15 years Iran has the option to refuse to revisit the deal. If this does happen, they will have the resources to be able to manufacture what is needed.

2 points

Carson--For the deal--This deal not only halts Iranian nuclear development, but is a global victory because it seeks a war-free world. The U.S. is sacrificing nothing. This deal represents a true win-win scenario; Iran gets its economy back and America has complete control over Iran's nuclear abilities. Yes, Iran still has the parts to make a bomb, but with the limited supply they have it would take at least 10 years to produce a bomb. Not to mention, the U.S. is thoroughly inspecting their facilities.

2 points

I am for the Iran Deal. The Iran Deal is a smart way to level out tensions with Iran as well as slowly stop their nuclear weapons program.Through the deal, the number of centrifuges Iran will be able to use will decrease from 20,000 to 5,000. Decreasing their number of centrifuges will dampen Iran's ability to research uranium. Even though there are small amounts of uranium still remaining in Iran, it is not enriched enough to use for nuclear weapons and there are strict inspections put on the uranium containments to make sure the iranians are are holding up their part of the deal. The Iran Deal is a good plan to keep the U.S. out of war and Iran away from the bombs.

1 point

Obama/Liberal

There will be a lot of arguments against the deal, claiming that it unfairly benefits Iran, puts them in danger, etc. However, the US goal is to prevent other countries, especially countries with a hostile attitude towards the US, from having nuclear weapons. This is a stepping stone keeping the threat of nuclear war at bay. Although there is the fright that Iran is left defenseless against other countries with the ability to send nukes, the US would not let that happen. After all, the US wants world-wide stability, so the threat of attack is not a true threat. There is also the issue of uranium enrichment. The enrichment level for nuclear weapons is 90%, and for R&D;is 20%. The deal keeps the enrichment at 3.67%. Although some will say it is too low, and will do the country no good, this is false. It provides Iran the opportunity to keep their country powered, while they work on improving economy, relations, etc., instead of improving nuclear stockpile.

Wildcard3(8) Disputed
1 point

The deal does unfairly benefit Iran. It is ambiguous and a bad deal that does nothing but brings question the protection of Iranians! Under Fatwa, nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islamic Law. So, how can this deal be a "stepping stone keeping the threat of nuclear war at bay if Iran has laws that already prevent that?

DKrent(17) Disputed
1 point

The fear is not that we would send nukes-which we don't have- the fear is relenting to the over imposing power of America. All 3.67% enrichment is good for is energy. Who would it hurt as we develop our technology which requires 20% enrichment? These rules would cause a dependence on the U.S when it comes to protection, so why would we want that. We are seen to you as evil, so what ensures our protection?

eliacupp(12) Disputed
1 point

I did not bring up the point that Iran is evil, but merely another country who had the ability to destroy millions of lives with nuclear weapons. Although nuclear weapons may be forbidden now, how will the issue be dealt with as Iranian culture is more modernized with future generations. It is a precaution, and there is not a leader of a country who is willing to risk his or her own country by attacking a defenseless nation. Not with the threat of the 'imposing power of America', along with other nations that want world-wide stability. Although I agree with you to the point of the minimal uranium enrichment, and that Iran should have the opportunity to conduct its own research and development, I do not know enough about the science to know any other effects. The overall goal of the deal, however, is good in that it keeps the safety and stability of the world as a whole in mind.

1 point

I am with Rouhani (liberal).

Many people are going to talk about evil and how Iran is full of it. Even if this was true (which its not. Even their president, who is elected by the people, doesn't like the fighting in the surrounding countries and just wants more economic growth and democracy) they wouldn't be able to make nuclear weapons to harm anyone. To make a nuke the uranium needed would need an enrichment of at least 90%. However the deal with Iran limits them with only up to 3.67% enrichment which can literally only be used for power/electricity.

Another problem with the evil point of view is why take away the deal that is stopping them from having the means to make nukes. The only beneficial thing the deal is bringing to Iran is the lift of some sanctions. Within 8 months of lifting the sanctions Iran has seen an increase in economic growth with over an 4% growth in 2016 which is great and is figured to continue to grow. With the sanctions put back on they would lose this creating worse times for Iran and possibly causing chaos with Iran, countries around Iran, and the U.S..

Supporting Evidence: Rouhani speech (iranprimer.usip.org)
1 point

Rouhani

Many argue that the Nuclear Deal has no benefit to Iran and some even go as far as saying it has created a worse situation for Iran. However, I disagree. The deal should be praised for lifting the threat of war and has given Iran an open hand in selling crude oil. Without the deal, Iran wouldn't be able to export oil, access to their assets would've become harder, and the sanctions on the automobile sector, petrochemicals, money transfer and precious metals. Under these circumstances a dreadful situation would be at hand.

1 point

Khamenei Hard Liner

This deal is not only a detriment to Iran, but it delays the inevitable. In exchange for relief from US sanctions, Iran has to limit its ability to produce a nuclear weapon and their stockpile of Uranium for 15 years. With the current deal, Iran cannot produce nuclear enriched material above 3.67%. This not only limits their development to strictly energy resources but they cannot even provide X-Rays as this requires enriched nuclear material at around 20%. During negotiations Iranians admitted to concealing nuclear sites. The US is delaying the inevitable development of nuclear weapons and possibly encouraging the Iranians to develop in secret. Regardless of Iran's intentions with nuclear material, under Islamic law nuclear weapons were considered illegal by Ayatollah Khamenei. The US is bullying the Iranian people to give up nuclear development for a defenseless, undeveloped country of cheap oil.

Supporting Evidence: Sources on Delaying Iran's Ambitions (www.usnews.com)
1 point

Khamenei hardliners

The Nuclear Deal with Iran is in favor of the United States. Khamenei believes that the deal, as of right now, doesn't show Iran any honor. If the United States says they will remove the economic sanctions on Iran, why don't they remove them ASAP like Khamenei wants? As of now the US is saying that they cannot remove the economic sanctions immediately and therefore is causing Khamenei to take a step back. If Iran has to give up the majority of their uranium assets immediately, the US should lift the economic sanctions immediately as well.

Exactly - the sanctions are being lifted very slowly, leaving Iran's economy struggling and flat. It's citizens are unhappy, and the deal is doing nothing important/productive for Iran. It's a US centered deal and it's simply unfair to Iran.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iranian Supreme Leader and hardliner, states that "they [America] give promises to our face but conspire and prevent any progress." The United States has failed to keep their side the bargain, and this is only PART of the problem. The deal was supposed to help Iran economically, but their economy has stagnated, citizens/voters are not happy with the economic situation in Iran, and they are growing impatient - their living standards aren't improving. Sanctions are being removed only incrementally, and foreign companies are not wanting to invest in Iran's deprived economy.

Another point: Nuclear weapons are forbidden under Islamic law - Iran is NOT planning on using these weapons for war or destruction. Therefore, the deal doesn't do much for Iran and is simply just another way the United States can assert its power and control other nations.

1 point

Khamenei Hardliner

America, a world super power, correction the world super power what would lifting the sanctions imposed on us do to you? Oh wait it would lessen the tight leash you already have on Iran. Would lifting these sanctions not improve our economy therefore improving your's as well. This deal also wants us to reduce enrichment to less than 4% which is only good for energy development. Why keep a whole country of intelligent people from creating new technology and possibly cures for countless diseases which requires at least 20% enrichment. We fear of being hurt in this deal and that you will not keep your word on the stated deal. This deal also states mandatory inspections, but I ask you this why come in and plunder in our country when we have to basically destroy most of our centrifuges which I assure you cost a lot to build. This deal ask us to undermine our research and basically bow down to America for protection, but remember this we could negotiate it you're comfortable arguing with" pure evil."

1 point

Trump Conservative Hardliner

A good-as any introduction to the Nuclear deal with Iran has been said by a USNews contributor and member of the US House of Representatives Reid Ribble."[The Iranian nuclear deal] is not just a bad deal, but a dangerous one." This, for one, is clearly supported by the stale fact that conflict of some sort always results when when the United States attempts to exert explicit influence on a country. To elaborate, this can be exemplified with the Iranian coup in 1953, where the US helped overthrow Prime Minister Mossadegh. The US's purpose for this was to maintain Iran as a rentier state. This may not have had any initial detrimental effects; however, it established and ensured Iran's crippling dependency on oil. In addition, the sanctions build up the tension and will probably soon than later be released. Moreover, with the possible reelection of the conservative Ahmadinejad, the tension will become a jihadist backlash.

Obama made his decision on how to deal with Iran, and he chose the disastrous deal. The sanctions on Iran have clearly been successful if they are willing to make a deal with the US. This is why the sanctions should be kept. A more involved approach will be detrimental to both parties.

1 point

Obama Liberal

This deal is good for both the U.S. and Iran. Being a country that is hostile towards America, Iran does not need to have nuclear weapons that could hurt us. Also a country that is suffering economically due to U.S. sanctions, Iran needs them to be lifted. A conservative may argue that this deal does not solve problems since Iran can keep its nuclear programs, but both the number of plants, from 20 thousand to 5 thousand, and the enrichment, from 90% (weapon grade) to 3.67% (enough for electricity), will decrease. This deal greatly diminishes the threat from Iran and is fair to Iran by allowing their economy to come back up.

1 point

Trump/ Conservative hardliner

Middle East nuclear proliferation. In an unstable region known for constant violence and clashing between nations, the threat of a country such as Iran having nuclear weapons has forced other countries to begin their own nuclear programs in hopes to keep. While the Nuclear Deal will keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons in the next 10 to 15 years (this is the time that key restrictions will end), the uncertainty of how Iran will proceed when that time is up will have other countries such as Saudi Arabia racing to get ahead of the game in anticipation of the Iranians next move.

Sanctions. The Deal will flood the Iranian economy with 300-400 billion dollars due to sanctions being lifted. This influx of money could do wonders for the Iranian people or it could be used to help fund the Syrians in their civil war or fund Hezbollah (a group considered by the EU and the USA to be a terrorist group). With Iran’s known hostility towards us, the deal could come back to haunt us by hindering our policy in the region. Iran's future moves are unpredictable, are we willing to bet on a nation that we have had conflicts with for decades and whose Supreme Leader leads the people in "Death to America" chants to just forgive and forget?

1 point

Obama/liberal

"Under the nuclear deal that we, our allies and partners reached with Iran last year, Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb. The region, the United States, and the world will be more secure."-former president Barack Obama

All that can come in proceeding in a nuclear deal with Iran is benefits for the United States along with weakening those that could possibly hurt us. In this deal, Iran is sure to not be a major threat to the United States because they will be under constant watch to ensure that they fail in their advances to create nuclear weapons. All the United States has to do to ensure our safety is to lift a few sanctions that were placed on Iran and nothing more. Iran's economy is struggling due to the sanctions at pace so this deal can benefit both parties. This deal also allows for the many American men detained by Iran to finally be released and reunited with their families.

1 point

Trump/ Conservative Hardliner

The argument that this trade deal is beneficial to both parties is highly controversial and false. The deal was made 2 years ago and the economy of Iran has still not recovered from the oil market price drops and the heavy sanctions that are still in place with this deal. Political strength in Iran is measured by the status of their economy so Rouhani is being viewed as noneffective. This will give strength to Ahmadinejad, a hard line conservative, who if he wins will not support this deal and most likely withdraw from the deal. Even though the deal ensures that Iran can not develop uranium enrichment past 3.67% if retracted from the deal it will only take a year for Iran to develop nuclear uranium.

1 point

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hardliner

Crazy Trump's one- and only -good idea has been to do away with the "very bad" JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). Rouhani has made a fool of our great Nation, playing right into the hands of the imperialist West.

We have shut down thousands of centrifuges, exported almost our ENTIRE stockpile of enriched uranium, disabled the heavy water plant that would have produced plutonium, given up some more sovereignty and dignity by opening our supply chain to scrutiny from international inspectors, and so on and so forth!

What has the U.S. given Iran in return? The GRADUAL lifting of western sanctions! While, as confirmed by the Obama administration and most independent experts, Tehran has diminished our nuclear resources so that it will take at least 12 months to create an atomic weapon if we choose to the U.S. is dragging its feet to fulfill their end of the agreement.

We struggled to attract big investments because many multinational banks and companies are fearful of U.S. prosecution or fines. So the U.S. claims to remove economic pressure, but in practice, the government has set up a precedence of serious legal and monetary ramifications for businesses who deal with our state. The U.S. gov is well aware of this precedence they have established, and yet are in no way attempting to reverse it.

In fact, the U.S. House is actively upholding this precedence. In June of 2016, the House passed two measures that would block the sale of dozens of airplanes (totalling almost $25 billion) from Boeing to Iran.

1 point

Trump/Conservative Hardliner

The Iranian Nuclear deal is a bad idea, for the United States especially. First off, we will lift the sanctions against Iran causing a massive flood of money into the economy. At first, this may look like a good thing, but with a government such as Iran's we have no idea where the money will go in their economy. Furthermore, Iran has a liberal President, Rouhani, in power, but they have an election coming up and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative, is running again and if he wins the elections are relationships is severely strained. He does not like the US at all, and wants us to have no part in their policies. With unpredictable leadership, it is not wise at all for this deal to happen in the interest of our great country, The United States of America.

1 point

Obama/liberal

What the United States has done with the Iran nuclear deal is prove that we can deal with our adversaries with diplomacy rather than means of force. Both the United States and Iran had things to gain from this deal: the US wanted to pursue its goal of global stability, and Iran wants its oil market, and in turn its entire economy, to prosper. With this deal, we took the means of developing nuclear weapons out of the hands of an adversarial nation. The contradicting point has been made that the deal is only good for 15 years. The thought process with this deal is that in the long term, Iran will come to be more accepting of the west. Iran is changing. More and more liberal reformers are being elected into the Majlis and Assembly of Religious Experts, the body who appoints the Supreme Leader. After Khameini dies, it is very possible that a more liberal Supreme Leader could be appointed, one who is willing to keep negotiating with the US after the 15 years of the current deal.

But in the meantime, Iranian uranium enrichment has been limited to 3.67%, not near sufficient enough to develop a bomb. Their centrifuges have been reduced from over 2,000 to 5,000, and their reaction cores have been filled with cement. These regulations are being enforced by tireless and thorough checks by international investigators. So even if Iran's political atmosphere does not play out in America's interests, Iran will undoubtedly be set back years is arm development.

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Obama Liberal

"...engaging directly with the Iranian government on a sustained basis, for the first time in decades, has created a unique opportunity -- a window -- to try to resolve important issues." This deal is not a perfect one, it is a preliminary action that allows for the expansion of diplomatic relations between the US and Iran. Although the initial agreement of this deal ensured total termination of Iran's nuclear programs, through discussions with the other participating countries it became clear that completely halting Iran's uranium enrichment would create excessive tensions between Iran and the countries writing the deal. Instead the aim of this deal is to expand US relations with Iran in the hopes of Iran having a more diverse and stable economy. However completely doing away with this deal will do more harm than good for America and the world.

Since the enactment of this deal Iran has received billions of dollars in sanction relief in exchange for shipping out its enriched uranium, therefore if the US was to remove itself from this deal whose to say that Iran could not restart its centrifuges. But this deal provides America the opportunity to gain support of liberals and reformers in Iran by creating friendly relations with them, and with their support collectively we can loosen the grip of the clerics on Iranian society. With a less theocratic government Iran will gain legitimacy on the world stage and from that Iran may attract more FDI, helping to boost their GDP growth rate.

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Rouhani

The deal between the US and Iran is a good one because it allowed the people of Iran to feel a sense of relief. The people of Iran are able to be released from sanctions for a while if they agree to the deal. This could come as a relief to the economy and help them to build it back up. "Negotiators have reached a good agreement and I announce to our people that our prayers have come true," Rouhani said. By the US offering to remove sanctions from Iran in exchange for uranium, is a fair deal. That way both countries are benefiting, which, classifies a fair deal.

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I'm with Obama liberal side

How can the nuclear deal with Iran be disastrous? The deal was made to make sure that Iran can not build or import a nuclear weapon which will ensure the safety of the US and the world. The deal was made with intent of respect on both sides, the US will watch Iran's two uranium enrichment plants, Natanz and Fordo, to make sure they do not produce enough fuel to make a nuclear weapon. No enrichment will be permitted at Fordo for 15 years, and the 1,044 centrifuges at the site will produce radioisotopes for use in medicine, agriculture, industry and science instead. Also the passing of this deal allows the sanctions imposed on Iran's economy by the UN, US and EU that have forced Iran to halt uranium enrichment, costing the country more than $160bn (£110bn) in oil revenue since 2012 alone, to be lifted. Iran also stands to gain access to more than $100bn in assets frozen overseas, and will be able to resume selling oil on international markets and using the global financial system for trade. Basically this deal benefits Iran and the US by giving the Iranian economy more freedom and benefits the US by getting better oil prices back in the market.

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Rouhani

Many people believe that the nuclear deal with Iran is a bad idea, but it would actually be beneficial to both Iran and the United States. By lifting U.S. sanctions this will allow for foreign investment to flow in. "Economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States, the European Union and others have significantly restricted international commercial opportunities with Iran, negatively impacting the Iranian economy, as well as having an impact on the global economy through foregone commercial activity. " Increased economic relations with Iran can only help improve the global economy. All Rouhani wants is create more democracy and economic growth and end the fighting. With this nuclear deal, those goals would be accomplished.

Supporting Evidence: The Top 5 Reasons to Sign a Nuclear Deal with Iran (nationalinterest.org)
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Against the deal

Under the Iran deal, we agreed to only slowdown Iran's nuclear programs but not terminate them.The deal only lasts 15 years and they are free to make nuclear weapons once the time is up. It is only pushing back the problem instead of eliminating it. We are giving them economic relief in order to uphold this deal which has no discretion on how it can be spent and it could easily be being used to fund terror their terror and military regime.

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The Nuclear Deal with Iran is a terrible one, we are paying terrorists not to attack America while giving them money that'll fund terror on our allies. The deal is temporary which gives Iran a perfect opportunity to get enough money from America through new restricts on sanctions to be able to completely restore their nuclear programs that after the deal ceases.

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The deal's goal is to restrict the production of nuclear weapons, and Iran has done just that. They are following the limitations imposed upon their government to cut down on centrifuges, kilos of uranium, and extend the amount of time for Iran to produce enough fuel for a bomb. International inspectors within the country are almost 100% confident that they could detect it if Iran was cheating the deal. Further sanctions posed by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act could push Iran to ultimately back out and reach no future agreement. It could also paint Americans as a people who do not keep their word.

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I agree with you but you can't state they are 100% confident without evidence to back it up.

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This deal is only delaying the inevitable. It lifts the sanctions in exchanged for little or nothing but promises, and we know Iran can NOT be trusted. The many past years of fear and distrust toward Iran makes this problem hard to solve. Iran has a history of not handling situations peacefully so why would we trust them this time? Making this deal would give them both things they want - their money and a continued sense of fear. We should continue the sanctions until Iran agrees to fully cease its nuclear program.

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You are exactly right, Iranians hate America and as soon as they remove their current peaceful leader we will be soon dealing with another North Korea. The sanctions being lifted will give Iran billions of dollars to hide until the deal is over and they will use that money for nuclear weapons.

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The Iran nuclear deal is the best deal that could possible be made between the U.S. and Iran. Before the deal Iran was a year away from obtaining nuclear weapons and they had enough uranium for ten nuclear weapons. After the deal was made they don't even have enough uranium to make one nuclear weapon and their break out period is now around ten years instead of one year and we took nearly 75% of their centrifuges. Even if they had enough uranium to make a nuke which they don't their uranium is not nearly pure enough to make a weapon after the deal the purity of their uranium is at 3.67 which 90% would be required for a weapon. Many critics say that the united states is paying Iran but in reality it is Iran's own money that we are giving it to them and the only reason Iran is making the deal is because they need the money right now more than ever which makes them very agreeable to our terms.---Taylor

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While the Iran Deal seems like a good move on the U.S.'s part, it is not the best choice. First of all, there is no was Trump can certify that Iran will comply and follow the limitations of the deal. The deal can be made, but with Iran's reputation, their actions are unpredictable. The purpose of the deal is to slow and potentially stop Iran from producing nuclear weapons, but the Iran Deal does not require Iran to dismantle and of its nuclear facilities. If the deal goes through, major sanctions could be lifted as soon as this year. Yes, this is good for Iran's economy, but it could mean danger for the United States. With relief from sanctions, Iran will have greater financial resources to finance terrorist groups, about 100 billion dollars to be exact. This could mean major danger for not only the United States, but countries in the Middle East as well.

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The Iran deal is a good idea because it will limit Iran from making a bomb. On PolitiFact its says that Iran could likely have a bomb made in about 2-3 months to a year which isn't a lot of time and if Iran were to make a bomb the United States and surrounding countries of Iran(such as Israel) could be in danger. With the Iran deal, Iran wouldn't have the ability or resources to make a bomb for at least 15 years. I think this deal would keep the U.S. out of a nuclear war with Iran.

Supporting Evidence: Politifact Link (www.politifact.com)
madibigler(6) Disputed
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Yes, this deal is keeping Iran from making nuclear weapons as of now but what about long term? In 10-15 years this deal will be done with and Iran most likely will go right back to creating a atomic bomb. It is dangerous in all aspects, especially long term.

mariah18(2) Disputed
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Yes it did delay them making a nuclear bomb, however it is still a horrible deal in the long term because as soon as the deal is up they are free to create them.

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Yes it did delay them making a nuclear bomb, however it is still a horrible deal in the long term because as soon as the deal is up they are free to create them.

At which point you can make another deal. Why do you feel that only America and its allies should have the right to own nuclear weapons? America has already shown it isn't responsible with such things. America has already used them twice and it nearly became a third time during the Cuban Missile crisis.

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The Iran and US deal seems like it is a good idea, but it is a very bad move. How can the U.S be sure that Iran won't cheat. A deal can't be trusted with a country that wants to take over the Middle East. Iran agreed to provide inspectors more access to its nuclear program and allow investigation of suspicious sites, but there a no guarantees that Iranians'would hold this agreement. Another problem is Iranian leaders claimed that any deal not approved by Congress would be "nothing more than an executive agreement", and could be removed by a subsequent president, this is a very bad deal.

jaredbrock(5) Disputed
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Under the deal Iran has agreed to some of the strictest inspections. If there is any suspicion that Iran is attempting to make nuclear weapons the U.N. is allowed to inspect that area. If anything violating the deal is found, sanctions will be reinforced, thus hurting Iran's economy

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Conner

The Iran Nuclear Deal may protect the US and other allies of it for a couple of decades when speaking of nuclear warfare. But when regarding unfreezing $110 billion worth of assets to a country that financially supports terrorism, may not be in our best interest. We should continue the economic restraint on Iran until they cease all nuclear programs. Not only are we looking to support future generations of Americans, but also we need to protect our friends from Israel who Iran has spoke publically about saying they should be "wiped off the map."

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This deal has been hailed as a solution to the problem of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. The means which will achieve this goal, however are much too dangerous. In return for limiting their nuclear program and allowing inspectors into their facilities, we lift sanctions and unfreeze their assets. A healthy Iranian economy is a greater threat to allies in the middle east than nuclear program affected by sanctions. In addition, Iran is a sponsor for terror. Part of that revived economy will no doubt be used for that means.

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The Iran Deal is a victory for the world to eliminate nuclear weapons and to obtain a would without war. We will still be able to monitor Iran's centrifuges to make sure that they are following the agreement upon the deal. United Nations inspectors will monitor the International community on all of Iran's centrifuges. Diplomats have put our countries on a path toward a peaceful resolution, and we need to keep it this way by stopping our lawmakers and let the diplomacy do their job.

rcmcgrew1(1) Disputed
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What about uranium enrichment plants with centrifuges such as Fordow hidden from the Atomic energy agency. This is arguable because there are always ways around deals like this. If they continue to enrich their uranium will be more powerful.

mgbmere(14) Disputed
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We can never be at peace with terrorism. Iran is a ideological government who's leader has vocally stated he wished that he could "wipe out" Israel. Us making deals with Iran does not benefit the U.S. and puts our ally Israel in danger. This is a bad plan.

BJordan19(8) Disputed
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I disagree with you , because everyone in Iran isn't a terrorist. I think that by stereotyping the entire country , before ; actually trying the deal will only cause a wide range of controversy that we don' t need. If it doesn't work , we can always try to address the problem another way .

bobbywhite(5) Disputed
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Just because we are making this deal with Iran doesn't prove that they indeed are abiding by our conditions and even if they are it doesn't guarantee they won't build a nuclear weapon 15 years from now only for the next 10 years or so after which we will essentially lift all nuclear restrictions on them.

ackendricks(3) Disputed
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What is going to happen when the 15 years is up... What is going to happen if Iran does not want to take the deal again..Is it going to be all peace and happiness?

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The nuclear deal with Iran not only helps the United States but it also helps Iran. We don't want Iran to have weapons that could hurt us. With the enrichment of uranium at 3.67% (energy grade) it is nearly impossible for Iran to make weapons without the enrichment being at 90% (weapon grade.) Iran's economy is suffering and with the US lifting the sanctions, Iran's economy would increase. Iran sells their oil with this deal which makes their economy increase. This deal decreases the chance of Iran making weapons to hurt us and helps the Iran's economy.

mgbmere(14) Disputed
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Putting money into Iran and lifting sanctions helps funds terrorism and puts our ally Israel at risk.

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Against the Deal

The deal with Iran isn't going to work. We are only delaying the inevitable. Iran will continue to experiment with nuclear weaponry and will have $400 MILLION dollars once the sanctions are released, plus the $150 billion in frozen assets. Once the deal has become ineffective, they will continue to try to destroy Israel, one of our biggest allies in the middle east. The President of Iran has made it clear that Israel needs to be "wiped off the face of the planet" and he plans to do that with the money that Iran will receive from the released sanctions. Iran's economy is struggling and with no money will soon fall. With the money that they will receive, their economy will become stronger and they will be able to carry out the plans that have been delayed for so long.

Karen1018w(7) Disputed
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Iran should not be able to carry on such plans mentioned by you because of the strict inspections that the US plans to do in Iran. WE are at fault here for freezing THEIR assets... We should definitely return the money back to where it came from because it is not ours to keep... Who's to say that this deal won't work and will cause the destruction of Israel?

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The deal with Iran is indeed a good one. The benefits of this deal far exceeds the cons of making this deal with Iran. The deal makes them give up 97% of their Uranium. The Uranium that they are allowed to possess is not nearly enriched enough to make a nuclear weapon, which would take up to 90% enrichment. The deal also makes them cut down the amount of centrifuges they possess from 20,000 to 5,000. Even though they still possess 5,000 centrifuges, the deal specifically states that they are not allowed to enrich their Uranium through IR-2, IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, or IR-8 for at least 10 years, meaning their most efficient centrifuges will not be allowed during the duration of the deal. The deal allows us to do inspections whenever we feel that something is suspicious, allowing us to detect foul play on any facility that we deem suspicious. This deal is beneficial in that it allows us to ensure peace and decreases the chance of an outbreak of nuclear war with a potentially dangerous country. It is a great deal in the sense that we are basically taking all of their nuclear capabilities, and all we have to do in return is release sanctions on money that is rightfully already theirs, contrary to the belief that we are paying them off.

Devdev0801(5) Clarified
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Wat is IR-2,4,6,8? I do not believe you are using this vocabulary term correctly at all

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I am for this deal because it will get rid of weapons ,and it will keep us out of war. If Congress veto this it would break out into another war and we do not want that because we also owe them money.

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The nuclear deal is the best solution to the "missile crisis" going on in Iran. This deal prevents Iran from enriching their uranium to produce nuclear grade weapons which requires the Uranium to be enriched at 3.67% which is 16.33% below medical grade uses. This is all inspected by International Inspectors who manage that they will stay below 3.67% enriched Uranium. But, there are two ways to produce nuclear-grade weapons and that is also covered within the deal. Their Centrifuges were also cut down to 5000 while their low-enriched Uranium was cut down to 300 kilos from 10,000 kilos. These restrictions provide a possible cornerstone to the solution to the nuclear weapons issue in the world today. And fiscally speaking the money that the U.S is funding Iran with is not funding the terrorists of the country it is funding the COUNTRY.

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The Iran deal is a good deal and it is the best way to make sure that Iran cannot make nuclear weapons. The deal does this by making Iran give up a substantial amount of their uranium and giving up the things that they need to make nuclear weapons. On top of all of this, Iran has inspections often to make sure that they are following the terms of the deal. Also, the Iran Nuclear Deal shows that the American government can deal with their enemies in other ways than by just using force.

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Against the Deal

This deal lifts the sanction off of Iran, giving Iran about $15 billion. The money that Iran has gained since the sanctions have been lifted has mainly been used to fund terrorist and build Iran's military. By the end of the 15 years, Iran's military will be prepared for the war that we have postponed by making the deal.

KeanuC(23) Disputed
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Well what is of a greater risk to stability in the Middle East: funded terrorist groups or a nuclear Iran?

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The Nuclear Deal with Iran is a great idea. This deal is not only benefiting the US but also Iran as well. We are limiting/cutting their resources but at the same time, we are helping out Iran's economy. Iran wanted a couple things out of this deal such as lifting the sanctions, and the US agreed to lift them if Iran follows through with the principle requirements(which will be lifted this year).

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It is no secret that for a long time that Iran is a major sponsor for international terrorism. Not to mention that the deal allows them to buy and sell weaponry in which they can use to support terror regimes. It is a mistake to believe that Iran will be a force of good in the middle east which many Americans believe. If you look at the Iranian constitution Iran does not even recognize many boarders and suppresses its own civilization with Shia Law.The nuclear deal even goes as far as to the US having to protect Iran if it gets attacked by a foreign entity to the point where this is now a direct conflict of interest with Israel.regardless of the deal, Iran will continue to fund terrorism and we need to keep the pressure on them

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The Iran deal is to beneficial towards Iran and insulting towards the United States and our allies. We are lifting sanctions on a country who is a sworn enemy to both us and Israel in exchange for 15 years of possible safety. The inspections can be delayed by up to 24 days and even if there is a violation, a committee of 8 powers including Iran, has 50 days to decide if it is serious enough to completely "rip apart" the deal. Even with all of this the deal doesn't even give us long term safety since, after eight years the EU will terminate all proliferation-related sanctions and the US will terminate or modify sanctions preventing Iran’s acquiring nuclear-related commodities and services (translation: ballistic missiles).

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The nuclear deal with Iran is a bad deal. Iran must not have a nuclear weapon in 10 years, 15 years or ever – and this agreement will not prevent a nuclear Iran. Under the terms of the deal, Iran has agreed to reduce its current stockpile of 10,000 kilograms of low-enriched uranium to 300 kilograms – again, for only 15 years. What the deal does not say is where and how this reduction will take place. Should Iran be allowed to manage the reduction itself, I am concerned that we will be unable to ensure its compliance. Iran's past dealings show that they have not complied fully with agreements laid out. Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. What's to stop Iran from using the billions of dollars we have agreed to give them in use to help terrorists groups like Assad and Hezbollah. This deal could also be bad for our allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia. Iran's actions speak louder than its words. The agreement should be based off its actions and not its words.

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Jailyn Lewis

I am for this deal because we aren't funding them so they can do terrorist acts. The money we are giving them is actually their money we just froze their assets. Iranians do not support terrorist groups just like we don't. This deal will help us monitor what they are doing with the uranium and keep it to a minimal level and also to make sure they are only using it for nuclear power.

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I am for the deal with Iran . Not only will the deal give , United States time to confiscate and regulate the amount of uranium produced , but it will build trust between the United States and Iran. It will also benefit U.S. citizens, because if Iran complies with the deal major sanctions on oil will drop . The deal will break up the trend of the constant " zero some game " that we always end up moving towards . If we can get Iran to trust us and we trust them ; then the Iran deal will be a success.

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I am against the nuclear deal with Iran. The deal ends after 15 years, Iran can change their minds and start building nuclear weapons once we are out of their hair. Also, Iran can keep enriching uranium until its ready to be made into a bomb. Iran is a sponsor of terrorism and we are trying to trust them with a deal that is very important to the united states government.

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Against the deal

This deal with Iran is good for the US right now, but later this deal could turn very bad. After 10-15 years of rebuilding their economy and providing them with billions of dollars, Iran will be able to go back to enriching Uranium to Atomic Bomb levels. They could easily spend their money on supporting terrorist organizations, too. Not only that, but there is nothing that forces Iran to get rid of any nuclear facilities, and it allows them to continue their research and development of missile technology. Iran is an unstable country, and is known for many acts of violence. After this deal, they will be strong enough to go to war. How do we know they won't actually do it? It makes no sense to limit some weapon development of a violent, unstable country, and then set them free once they have over 400 billion more dollars, missal research, and more. This deal is not good, and should not be carried out.

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The Iran deal is a good one. The most important part of this deal is that we have denuclearized the country of Iran. We have forced them to decrease their uranium enrichment to 3%, we preform extremely good inspections, and have significantly decreased the number of sanctions. For 15 years, Iran being a nuclear

country is not an issue. Even after the 15 years it is not an issue considering they are a country who is self interested. Like any country or government, they would not fund terrorist groups. It is also important to realize we are not giving them any money. We have just frozen their own assets. Every part of this deal is good and accomplishes the real goal which is keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran's hands.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal has been a topic of debate since its creation. For the purposes of this debate I have been assigned to be against the Iran Nuclear Deal. Prior to the Iran Nuclear Deal, the UN was imposing sanctions on Iran that were beginning to cripple the Iranian economy. This paired with the fact that Iran had their assets (money in banks in other countries) frozen brought them to the point of negotiation. At this point, rather than demand they change their behavior globally, we offered to return their assets and remove the sanctions in return for a strict crackdown on the Iranian nuclear program. Proponents of the deal claimed that this was a crucial step towards peace, but they neglect to mention a key detail. The reason the U.S. and other nation did not want Iran to have the capacity to build and research nuclear weapons is because their government is untrustworthy and somewhat dangerous. Iran undermines the regimes in its area and continuously vows to destroy Israel, our ally . Not only that, but Iran is one of the largest contributors to terrorist organizations in the world. If the U.S and other nations are not willing to force Iran to change its behavior than the deal is pointless.

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Against Deal: This deal limits the number of centrifuges that Iran can own from 20,000 to 5,000. While this may seem like a victory, centrifuges are very dangerous by nature. Centrifuges give the user the ability to enrich uranium, and Iran stated that it possessed centrifuges that were capable of enriching uranium. Iran said that it would only use the centrifuges for energy purposes, but Iran has a rich history of breaking deals and not being true to its word. While Iran is being supervised in its use of centrifuges, leaders of Iran have stated that they have secret nuclear facilities.

aaleeyah101(3) Disputed
2 points

The centrifuges go through strict inspections and even though Iran has stated they have secret nuclear facilitties, is there any actual proof that they exist.

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Against Deal: This deal limits the number of centrifuges that Iran can own from 20,000 to 5,000. While this may seem like a victory, centrifuges are very dangerous by nature.

As the US and the Israelis already know, because they sabotaged Iranian centrifuges with a computer virus called Stuxnet as well as assassinating many of their nuclear scientists.

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I agree. Iran does have a bad history of breaking deals so the US should think on this deal more and not trust that Iran will fully comply. What makes the US so different that we'll be the one time that Iran does comply?

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The Iran deal is a precarious deal that could at any time fault. The deal does not secure the facility at Fordow, a facility which can easily manipulate and enrich the uranium with a centrifuge. For the deal to be efficient, Iran should have to get rid of its nuclear and missile programs all together.

skylar12(6) Disputed
1 point

United Nations inspectors will be serving as eyes on the International community on every ONE of Iran's centrifuges.

rcmcgrew1(1) Clarified
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Also, the deal will end in 10-15 years which allows these enrichment facilities to create nuclear weapons. This time has given them more opportunities to create stronger and more efficient weapons to their advantage.

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I think the current iran deal is fine except for the fact that its a deal and hasnt been totally agreed on because the president made it with out the consent of congress. I think what it does is just fine but still could be brought to professionals and then made into a treaty through congress. The agreement in time will expire and have to be renegotiatied then is the time to change and fix all the things that people cant agree on.

mgbmere(14) Disputed
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If people cannot agree now, why do you think they will be able to agree in 15 years on the issue? I think with time, people's opinions on the issue will only grow stronger and more disagreement will arise. As for the Deal, we should not appease terrorism and isolate our allies in the middle east. The leader of Iran said he wants to "wipe out" Israel. Threats like this should not be taken lightly. Iran is an unsteady and unpredictable nation with radical leaders. We cannot afford to make a deal with them.

KeanuC(23) Disputed
1 point

Israeli military officials have claimed that this deal makes Iran much less of a threat than before.

rcmcgrew1(1) Disputed
1 point

This is arguable, yet your information should be further supported. The deal is not fine and there are many faults and there are always possibilities that the deal will not be renegotiated. The faults in the deal should be checked before anything is renegotiated. If you could give more support this could likely be more debatable as well.

JamesAcorn(7) Disputed
1 point

There is not time like the present, especially when it comes to Nuclear Deals. This deal should not be waited out, the problems should be addressed and fixed now instead of waiting 15 years. While it is unlikely that a deal of this caliber would be agreed on by a majority of the Senate, I believe it is the best course of action as well.

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Logan H

The Iran Deal is a temporary fix. We will prevent and monitor nuclear developments for only 15 years and then the deal is up. We are also greatly loosening our dominance over Iran's economy during this 15 year period. Once the deal has expired, Iran's economy will have enough momentum to make nuclear developments, and they will have better odds of making advancements over the United States.

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Against The Deal -

By freeing up the $400 Million, while the country would be under heavy surveillance, there isn't any reason for Iran to not just put that money into their more devious ventures, such as funding terrorist organizations, at a steady rate, with the amount being sent away to go undetected. It's also worth noting that reactor-grade uranium can indeed be used for nuclear weapons (Source of claim provided below), so by allotting Iran the material necessary to not only power their country but also the required substance to bring about the mass-destruction of the United States, nothing good would come of this deal.

Source to the claim regarding reactor-grade Uranium: https://www.wiseinternational.org/nuclear-monitor/787/can-reactor-grade-plutonium-be-used-nuclear-weapons

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I believe the Iran Deal made between Iran and the U.S. is not a good long term deal and favors more of the U.S. than of Iran. Right now, the deal has put restrictions on Iran's Nuclear Program, but does not cease it. In 10-15 years, Iran will be able to go back to enriching Uranium to Atomic Bomb levels and will be dangerous and threatening to the U.S. especially with their past acts of terrorism. The U.S. pressured Iran to agree to the deal by lifting the sanctions they put on Iran in turn for them agreeing. Some people believe that lifting these sanctions will give Iran more money to fund more terrorist groups and will give Iran more power especially once the deal ends. In conclusion, I believe we should continue the sanctions that create the global economic pressure until Iran is willing to cease its whole nuclear program and ambitions in making a nuclear weapon.

mgbmere(14) Disputed
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For the most part, I agree with you. However, I disagree that this deal favors the U.S. over Iran. Iran will get anywhere from millions to billions of dollars in frozen assets, and in 15 years they will have full access of their nuclear weapons once again. I fail to see how the Iran Deal benefits the U.S. at all. Some may argue that it benefits the U.S. because it will prevent us from going to war with Iran, but the U.S. taking over Iran's nuclear weapons will only further hostility and resentment towards America.

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I fail to see how the Iran Deal benefits the U.S. at all. Some may argue that it benefits the U.S. because it will prevent us from going to war with Iran

A war with a nuclear armed Iran is not necessary. The United States will collapse if it does not stop trying to forcefully export its own ideology to all corners of the globe. Have you ever considered the possibility that if you just leave them alone they will reciprocate the favour?

aaleeyah101(3) Disputed
1 point

Even if Iran is able to go back to making nuclear weapons from the uranium, it is betters for it to be stopped for 15 years than not stopped at all. Saudi Arabia supports alot terrorist groups and we are "friends" with them, so saying they support terrorist groups is not a good argument.

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Against Deal The nuclear deal made with Iran is a bad deal that helps Iran. Although Iran has many restrictions, it does not make them stop anything. It also lifts their sanctions, making billions of dollars available to Iran. Iran can use this money to support their ongoing war with our ally Israel. This deal benefits Iran, providing more money to support their radical ideology that the US should be fighting against.

aaleeyah101(3) Disputed
1 point

The Iran deal is not bad, it lowers the amount uranium that Iran can enrich and use for nuclear weapons. Also its good we lifted the sanctions because Iran should be able to keep the money they are making from the resources from there country.

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mccollum3 Disputed
2 points

I disagree the US doesn't want to use their nuclear. They just want to keep a tab on what Iran is doing wit the nuclear power they have. So by regulating how much of uranium and other things are being used they US has a pretty good idea of what can be made and what can't based on the amount they have.

JamesAcorn(7) Clarified
1 point

Please Clarify your viewpoint. After reading this, I'm not sure what you're trying to say. You say that the deal is not all that great, then you claim that Iran should be able to have nukes because the US does.

KeanuC(23) Disputed
1 point

Obama says that because we aren't blindly trusting the Persians. We are verifying that their end of the bargain is being held. The deal isn't to ensure "peace," just to stop their nuclear program from going any farther.