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JHI on the Issues 2016: Did the Obama Administration “Put a Lid” on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

JHI on the Issues 2016:  Did the Obama Administration “Put a Lid” on Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Secretary Clinton overstates her role in imposing “the toughest sanctions on Iran” as well as the comprehensiveness and efficacy of the Iran deal itself. The Obama administration did not build an international coalition to impose sanctions on Iran, but rather inherited that coalition from the Bush administration, which had already secured five UN Security Council resolutions against Iran’s nuclear and missile activities.  The most powerful sanctions on Iran were imposed by Congress in late 2011, and were opposed by the Obama administration.  The most significant Iran policy change made by the Obama administration was direct bilateral outreach to the Iranians, which contributed to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal in July 2015.  That agreement with Iran temporarily limits but does not halt or dismantle Iran’s nuclear program.