Dealbreaker recounts how this deal was made, why it was broken, and what the consequences of that action could be.
When the United States made the decision in the 1980s to deny Iran access to nuclear technology, Iran was forced to turn to the black market to get the material, technology and know-how required to meet its needs for nuclear power generation, inclusive of the ability to indigenously produce nuclear fuel. The revelation of Iran's secret nuclear program in 2002 set in motion a battle of wills between the Iranians, who viewed nuclear power as their inherent right, and the international community as defined by the United States, Israel and Europe, who feared the proliferation implications of allowing Iran access to technology that could be used to make a nuclear weapon.
The United States and Israel pulled no punches, using diplomatic pressure to impose crippling economic sanctions, and cover activities to sow disinformation, sabotage equipment and murder Iranian nuclear scientists in an effort to stop the Iranian nuclear program from going forward. Iran prevailed, confronting the United States with the choice of either going to war, or accepting the reality of an Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear deal was the result.
But the deal had an Achilles heel--the disinformation campaign waged by the United States and Israel to paint the Iranian program as military in nature left a residue of uncertainty and fear that detractors of the deal used to attack it as little more than a sham. Donald Trump decried the Iranian nuclear deal as a "failed agreement" and promised to tear it up if elected. Proving true to his word, Trump pulled America out of the Iranian nuclear deal on May 12, 2018.
Dealabreaker explores the nuances of the Iranian nuclear program, exposing the duplicity and hypocrisy of American diplomacy, supported by Israel and abetted by Europe, that led to the need for the Iranian nuclear deal, and eventually caused the demise of an agreement that was simultaneously "the deal of the century" and "fatally flawed".
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About the Author
Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, two National Magazine Awards and five George Polk Awards. In 2004, he received the George Orwell Award and in 2017 the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII).
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Hassan Rouhani was humble, quiet and unassumingthe antithesis of Donald Trump. As much as Donald Trump was a brash outsider to American and international politics, Rouhani was the consummate insider, earning the sobriquet “the Diplomat Sheikh” for his work as Iran’s nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005.1 Rouhani, however, was much more than a one-trick pony; even prior to his election as Iran’s President in 2013 (and subsequent reelection in August 2017), he was a highly influential member of the innermost decision-making circles of the Islamic Republic whose positions on a wide range of policies were not only well known, but also supported by those who held the reins of power in Iran. The former Revolutionary Guard Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Alaei (known for being the only Iranian military commander to directly engage US forces in combat, during the navy-on-navy clashes of 1987) described Rouhani as “a known figure in the Islamic Republic, and there are no issues with him. He has been, and is, a revolutionary individual and effective in the revolution.”2
Rouhani served for 20 years as an elected member of the Iranian Parliament, or Majlis, and served on various committees relating to defense and foreign affairs during the Iran-Iraq War, as well as speaker of that body. His resume read like a “who’s who” of the Islamic Republic of Iran: he was appointed to serve on the Supreme National Security Council, which advised the Supreme Leader on the most sensitive issues confronting Iran, foreign and domestic, and later on the Expediency Council, which served as the final arbitrator between the Majlis and the Guardian Council (a constitutionally-mandated 12-person body tasked with ensuring the compatibility of legislation passed by the Majlis with the “criteria of Islam” and the Constitution, as well as overseeing all elections), where he chaired the political, defense and security committee. The Iranian President’s qualifications for this role were real: during his graduate studies at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, where he graduated in 1999, Rouhani was awarded a PhD in Constitutional Law.3