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The U.S. and five other world powers—including China and Russia—recently reached a deal with Iran to halt that country’s nuclear program for six months while negotiations continue on a long-term agreement. Why is Iran depicted as dynamite in the cartoon?
What do the scissors represent? Why are they cutting the burning fuse?
How is the cartoonist using a metaphor to make a point? What point is he trying to make?
The deal gives Iran some relief from economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union. Opponents of the agreement fear it won’t prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. Why do you think President Obama worked hard to reach a deal with Iran?
Do you think Iran will eventually agree to give up its attempt to produce nuclear weapons? Why or why not?