Many people living in the northern hemisphere might be surprised to learn that Brazilians don’t agree about what the world had been told decades ago was an open and shut case: that Brazil had a secret nuclear weapons program.
The Obama administration and Congress should divert a fraction of the time and energy now spent debating whether to add sanctions on Iran to the more difficult challenge of figuring out how to cooperate in removing them if a final agreement is reached.
For Iran to admit that it worked on nuclear weapons would be more significant than Iran’s 2003 statement that it failed to declare to the IAEA a flurry of nuclear activities which could be justified by Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
A final agreement could emerge on schedule if negotiators—especially in Iran and in the United States—respond to their domestic critics by cracking whips to get fast results.
The world would be a safer place if Iran did not enrich uranium, but contrary to the arguments that hawks put forward, the United States is not in any position to prevent Iran from doing so.
Wondering whether the historic nuclear talks with Iran will succeed or fail? Study the brain.
The success in concluding the initial step of the Iran deal was bought at the price of a lack of clarity about how all seven countries should proceed in negotiating the final step during the next twelve months.
With the initial Iran Deal done, it is time to look forward to its implementation and verification. That means that the International Atomic Energy Agency will have more work to do over the next six months. But what, exactly, will it be doing?
The endgame for negotiations would be an Iran whose entire nuclear program would be subject to routine but rigorous oversight to make sure everything is accounted for.
Iran’s ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program, most recently this weekend in Geneva, have not yet resulted in a deal.