This word cloud of the Iran nuclear deal may surprise you

Published August 12th, 2015 - 07:41 GMT
Iranians celebrated in the streets after the nuclear deal was struck. (AFP/File)
Iranians celebrated in the streets after the nuclear deal was struck. (AFP/File)

A word cloud of the Iran nuclear deal may not be quite what you expect.

The nuclear agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was struck between Iran and six world powers on July 14. It called for the removal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for Tehran stopping sensitive nuclear activity and allowing more transparency in its program. 

The deal has been a major source of controversy — and a diplomatic sticking point — for some nations. That includes Israel and a few Gulf countries concerned that the deal was some form of nefarious handshaking with a country not to be trusted.

But one look at the word cloud of the 159-page agreement (JCPOA) shows news coverage may be focusing on the wrong part. In fact it's the sanctions, not the nuclear program, that's emphasized in the document. Words like "shipping," "company," "Ltd." and "annex" all appear far more times than the word "nuclear." 

There is a separate outline by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that pinpoints more specific demands regarding Iran's nuclear program. But as far as the nuclear deal goes, it's probably about time we see more analysis on Iran's economic changes.

By Hayat Norimine


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