Am I the only one who finds it just a little bit odd that the American officials loudly claiming Iran cannot be trusted to fulfill any deal are simultaneously pledging that they will not fulfill any deal? Is it possible they have such little self-awareness?
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry deserve a lot of credit for the nuclear deal with Iran, as do President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and the other diplomats who worked on the negotiations.
I think it is the best deal that can be expected. The Iranians have nuclear power plants, which they are not willing to give up. Any nation with nuclear power has the capability to develop nuclear weapons.
What the Iranians have done is to give up equipment and uranium stockpiles that would have enabled them to develop weapons-grade uranium and plutonium overnight, and to submit to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure that they do not do so.
It is crazy for Republican Senators presidential candidates to threaten to torpedo the deal.
What made the economic sanctions effective against Iran in the first place is that they were supported by U.S. allies and the Security Council of the United Nations. Under the agreement, the other negotiating parties, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China and other countries will resume trade with Iran no matter what the U.S. government does.
The only ones who would be hurt if the U.S. government renounced the deal would be Americans who want to do business in Iran.
The problem of the spread of nuclear weapons is more than just Iran. Almost all industrial nations—Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and many more—have the capability to develop nuclear weapons.
Actually, it is a tribute to the world’s good sense that only nine nations are known to have nuclear weapons—the USA, Britain, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
The only way to stop the spread of nuclear weapons on a long-term basis is for the existing nuclear power to agree to disarm and to turn over control of nuclear materials to an international agency. Every nuclear-capable nation, not just Iran, should be open to the IAEA.
The Iran nuclear deal, translated into plain English, by Max Fisher for Vox news.
The Iran Nuclear Deal, by the Numbers by Graham Allison for The Atlantic.
A good deal: How both sides can sell the Iran agreement back home by Ali Vaez for Reuters.
What if the US & UN sanctioned Israel over its nukes the way they did Iran over enrichment? by Juan Cole for Informed Comment.