Tehran "Achieved All It Wanted" - Dov S. Zakheim
As the Iranian Mehr News Agency has pointed out, Iran has achieved all that it wanted in the nuclear deal.
All economic and financial sanctions against Iran will be removed. None of its nuclear sites will be shut down. Iran will continue nuclear enrichment. No centrifuge will be destroyed and research and development on advanced centrifuges will continue. Billions of Iran's blocked revenues in foreign banks will be unfrozen.
In reality, America, with its allies in tow, has made concession after concession to an economically starved state whose delusions of grandeur will now be greater than ever. Iran will have little trouble cheating IAEA inspectors while it proceeds along its path of nuclear-weapons development. It did not have to be this way.
The writer served as undersecretary of defense (comptroller) in 2001-2004 and as deputy undersecretary of defense (planning and resources) in 1985-1987.
Iran Got Better Deal Than It Had Any Right to Expect
- Elliott Abrams
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