The History: The 2003–16 Iran Nuclear Crisis

  • Riccardo Alcaro
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Abstract

For the best part of the 2000s and 2010s, Iran’s nuclear programme was a major source of international concern. In spite of Iran’s insistence that it sought the capability to use atomic energy for electricity production, policy-makers and experts in America, Europe and elsewhere feared that the Islamic Republic could in fact be after the technological and industrial capacity to build nuclear weapons. A coalition of six world powers—China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with the EU—determined to bring Iran to agree to verifiable guarantees of the solely peaceful nature of its nuclear programme. Thanks to a combination of diplomacy and sanctions, their efforts were eventually successful. On 14 July 2015, after marathon talks in Vienna, the group and Iran struck a landmark deal that removed the prospect of an Iranian nuclear breakout for an extended period of time.

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