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Iran Nuclear Deal – on a cliff edge

 

The Iran Nuclear Deal is coming under increasing pressure. European powers have triggered a formal dispute mechanism over Iran’s breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal which could spell its end. Trump unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018 as part of his petty vendetta against Obama’s achievements despite evidence that it was working well. Since then Iran has gradually lifted limits on its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. The other parties to the deal – the three European powers plus China and Russia – have tried to keep it alive. But the sanctions have caused Iran’s oil exports to collapse and the value of its currency to plummet, and sent its inflation rate soaring. Iran insists that its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.

The treaty was signed 14 July 2015 at 8.30am in Vienna, Austria on a Sun Mars in Cancer opposition Pluto square Uranus – fraught with risk, innovative but also potentially unstable.

Trump withdrew on 8 May 2018 when tr Pluto was exactly opposition the Sun. That central T square is picking up this months’ Lunar Eclipse and also the mid year one – so it is a critical time; with a potential for major disruption as tr Pluto squares the Solar Arc Uranus from late February onwards. If by some faint chance it holds in whatever form, 2023 looks fairly catastrophic with Solar Arc Mars square Uranus and Solar Arc Pluto opposition the Sun.

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