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With President Donald Trump's announcement that the United States will begin reimposing sanctions against Iran, the short, strange life of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – has entered a new and dangerous phase.Trump believes that, by withdrawing from the JCPOA, he can pressure Iran to agree to a new, more comprehensive deal that would cover not just the country's nuclear program, but also its ballistic missile tests, provocative regional behavior and human rights violations. It did not indicate that the deal amounted to a comprehensive solution to all of the international community's disagreements with Iran.Had all of the issues been negotiated at once, it is far from clear that a deal could have been reached at all, much less in a timely manner.The so-called sunset clauses that stipulate expiration dates for various restrictions imposed on Iran's nuclear program – clauses that attracted so much derision from Trump and other opponents of the deal – were vital, because they necessitated further negotiation.Trump's utter failure to understand this innovative approach is bad news for Iran, for the world, and for the future of global governance.
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