The economic cost of Iran’s nuclear program, in terms of lost foreign investment, oil revenue, and sanctions is about $100 billion dollars, according to Carnegie’s Karim Sadjadpour. Speaking to the Marketplace, Sadjadpour said, “When you look at these enormous costs and you weigh it against what Iran’s nuclear program can really provide in terms of energy, it’s an economic catastrophe.”

“This is a nuclear program which can at best provide only two percent of Iran’s energy needs,” he said, “and in the process of building this nuclear program, they’ve cannibalized their main source of revenue, which is oil and gas.”

This interview originally aired on the Marketplace.