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Iran nuclear deal controversial, but no verdict in yet

The Iran nuclear deal, lifting international sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear program, remains hugely controversial a year after it was signed and eight months after it was implemented.

But the final verdict will not come in for years yet.

Donald Trump said the Iranians will “have nuclear” in 10 years. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal’s official name, lengthened the time that it would take for Iran to have nuclear “breakout.” It had been a few months, and post-deal it was a full year, a time span when presumably the world could decide how to react.

The limitations do not expire at once, however. Most expire in 10 to 15 years. Some theoretically last longer.

So far, the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified that Iran has complied with all its commitments.

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