Issues / What is the Iran Nuclear Deal? July 15th, 2019 Hot Topic European leaders will meet today to try and salvage the Iran Nuclear Deal. The US pulled out in 2018. But what’s it all about, I hear you ask? Don’t say we don’t treat you: The Iran Nuclear Deal is a treaty signed in 2015 between Iran and six international powers - the UK, the US, Germany, France, Russia and China. It intends to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in return for the international community lifting trading sanctions that it had been imposing. The US pulled out of the deal in 2018 and started to reimpose sanctions on Iran's oil sector. Trump said that the deal was “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made” stating that deal would not prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons anyway. European leaders are fearful that the treaty will collapse entirely and will meet today in Brussels to discuss how to salvage it. If the deal, which is seen as one of the strongest in the world, collapses, this could potentially lead to a nuclear stalemate in the Middle East which could further threaten stability in the region. Tensions between the EU and Iran have heightened recently after the UK seized an Iranian oil tanker believed to be heading for Syria, thus breaching EU sanctions on Syria. Leaders are looking to de-escalate the situation as quickly as possible. Recent Articles Should we abolish private schools? What is the Loan Charge?