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Ripped From the Headlines: Iran Nuclear Deal: Is it the worst deal ever?

A guide to understanding the wider context behind stories in the news.

What is it?

After 12 years of negotiations, a landmark deal was struck in July of 2015 between 6 nations and Iran concerning its nuclear program.  What did that deal actually entail?

Arguments For the Deal

Supporters of the Nuclear Deal include many democratic politicians in the United States as well as many European Leaders (such as Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Emmanuel Macron, and the United Kingdom's Boris Johnson).

Arguments Against the Deal

The nuclear deal has numerous detractors.  Many Republican politicians disliked the deal as did some Democrats who were strong supporter of Israel (at least in the early stages).  Many countries in the Middle East opposed the deal, including Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

Iran Nuclear Deal

The United States formally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (AKA "The Iran Nuclear Deal") on May 8, 2018.  Former president Barack Obama considers the deal one of his signature accomplishments while president of the United States and an essential element in keeping the peace in not only the Middle East, but the world.  Yet, current president Donald Trump has called it a "horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made."  As with most stories in the news, this one is complex, with a long history.  The resources presented on these pages will allow you to look at the deal itself, the history behind it, the key players, and the accompanying elements and form your own opinion. 

What Happened?


At around 2:00 pm on May 8, 2018, Donald Trump followed through with his campaign promise and pulled the United States out of the long-negotiated Iran Nuclear Deal.  The move suprised no one - Trump had long criticized the deal, at various times calling it "the worst deal ever" and "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into."

The Reaction

While the United States chose to leave the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the other participating countries (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Russia, China, and Iran) are continuing with the agreement.  However, the withdrawal of the United States has provoked many different reactions here at home and around the world.


The United States' withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear agreement is still new and major consequences have not yet played out.  However, many people have speculated as to what is in store.