Center Fellow Richard Nephew writes about how the subtle effectiveness of the JCPOA may be most pronounced in the provisions dealing with potential covert activities. The article describes the various provisions of the deal that serve as a check against the possibility of covert sites by forming concentric circles of protection. The article will addresses the few scenarios in which a potential failure of the system could take place. In doing so, it demonstrates that the likelihood of these scenarios is sufficiently small as to be implausible and therefore does not constitute a sound reason to reject the deal.

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How the Iran Deal Prevents a Covert Nuclear Weapons Program