After more than two years of tough negotiations with world powers, Iran says it is close to meeting the requirements of a nuclear agreement that would bring it relief from crippling international nuclear-related sanctions.
President Hassan Rouhani says that by mid-January, Iran should reach what negotiators have dubbed Implementation Day — the day in which Tehran would be freed from these sanctions because of compliance with provisions in the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
It remains unclear whether Iran has made enough progress for a January implementation, which would ultimately be determined by the International Atomic Energy Agency…
Some analysts have questioned if the agreement itself will have the intended results.
“How are we capable of making sure they don’t have other facilities that they are trying to open up,” asked Blaise Misztal of the Bipartisan Policy Center. “After all, each of the facilities we are inspecting today was at one point a covert site that Iran was trying to hide from the world.”