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Iran nuclear deal talks

Mark Bell

The U.S. Department of State announced a delegation will attend talks next week in Vienna on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, negotiated in 2015.

Mark Bell — a University of Minnesota expert on nuclear weapons and proliferation — is available to provide expert comment.

Mark Bell, Ph.D.
“Indirect talks represent a step in the right direction toward returning the United States and Iran to compliance with the JCPOA and reviving the deal, which has been on life support since the Trump administration withdrew from it. 

“Although President Biden campaigned on returning the U.S. to the deal, the new administration has so far been hesitant to make significant steps in that direction, and faces a potentially short window of opportunity before Iranian elections later this year. If talks do not quickly make progress, the deal could permanently collapse, and the likelihood of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons would increase substantially.”

Mark Bell is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. His areas of expertise include nuclear weapons and proliferation, international relations theory and U.S. and British foreign policy. His new book, Nuclear Reactions: How Nuclear-Armed States Behave, will be out soon from Cornell University Press and is available for preorder

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Brad Robideau

University Public Relations
Fri, 04/02/2021 - 15:10
Iran nuclear deal talks
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