Iran has been developing nuclear technology for years, with Iranian officials saying the program is for national prestige, scientific research, and power plants. For just as long, the U.S. and its allies have been skeptical, worrying that Iran is trying to develop the technology necessary to build a nuclear bomb.
To curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the U.S. began enforcing economic sanctions that nearly halved Iran’s oil exports from 2012 to 2014, according to U.S. Treasury officials, but the country has still refused to suspend its nuclear research and development. Though there’s no indication that Iran has actually developed a nuclear bomb, the Obama administration and five other world powers would like to reach an agreement with Iran by the end of March that would ease economic sanctions, provided Iran hugely restrict its nuclear program.
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