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The imprudence of unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

The imprudence of unilateral US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

Abbas Milani
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
May, 2018

The much-rumored and long-expected announcement by President Trump that he will order the United States to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal—officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA­—is arguably the worst policy option for addressing problems in what was the least-bad possible deal when it was signed. Contrary to what candidate and then-President Trump often repeated (with his penchant for hyperbole), it was not the worst deal in history.