Having read and heard so much about them, I decided to check for myself.

Here they are:


The US secretary of state has set out 12 tough demands for inclusion in a new nuclear treaty with Iran.

The conditions, listed by Mike Pompeo during a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, on Monday, will require Iran, in his words, to:

  • Declare to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a full account of the prior military dimensions of its nuclear program and permanently and verifiably abandon such work in perpetuity.
  • Stop enrichment and never pursue plutonium reprocessing, including closing its heavy water reactor.
  • Provide the IAEA with unqualified access to all sites throughout the entire country.
  • End its proliferation of ballistic missiles and halt further launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.
  • Release all US citizens as well as citizens of US partners and allies.
  • End support to Middle East "terrorist" groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  • Respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi government and permit the disarming, demobilization and reintegration of Shia militias.
  • End its military support for the Houthi rebels and work towards a peaceful, political settlement in Yemen.
  • Withdraw all forces under Iran's command throughout the entirety of Syria
  • End support for the Taliban and other "terrorists" in Afghanistan and the region and cease harboring senior al-Qaeda leaders.
  • End the Islamic Revolutionary Guard corps-linked Quds Force's support for "terrorists" and "militant" partners around the world.
  • End its threatening behavior against its neighbors, many of whom are US allies, including its threats to destroy Israel and its firing of missiles at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and threats to international shipping and destructive cyberattacks.

Are these demands just and fair? It depends I guess. But to me at least asking a state to stop committing acts of terrorism in return for inclusion into the rest of the civilized world is a fair demand and a fair price to pay.