The deal that has been offered to Iran—to soften some sanctions in return for a promise by the mullahs to preserve the status quo with regard to their nuclear program—does not serve the interest of peace. This is not to discourage further diplomacy and negotiation, but it is to underline what Secretary of State John Kerry has said: namely that a bad deal is worse than no deal. This is a very bad deal for America, its allies and peace.
Diplomacy is better than war but bad diplomacy can cause bad wars. The US is leading the noble efforts, stalled for the moment, to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough in our determination to prevent Iran from developing, or having the capacity to develop, nuclear weapons. There is little dispute about this essential goal: virtually everyone agrees that a nuclear armed Iran would pose unacceptably grave dangers to the United States and its allies. Read more.
The deal that the Obama Administration reached with Iran in Geneva last month is looking worse with each passing day. This deal revives the Iranian economy by easing economic sanctions on Iran at the very point when these sanctions were beginning to work. In exchange for this very real economic relief, we got a handful of meaningless Iranian promises. This deal gives Iran a green light to continue enriching uranium up to 5% in violation of no less than six United Nations Security Council resolutions. The deal does not require Iran to dismantle any part of the vast nuclear infrastructure it assembled in direct contravention of these resolutions. And the deal does nothing to stop Iran from using its new installments of cash and time to advance the weakest parts of its nuclear program — bomb technology and the ballistic missiles needed to deliver such bombs to Israel, Europe or the U.S. CUFI will continue to do everything in our power to support the toughest possible sanctions on Iran as soon as possible since this is the only thing short of war that can stop the unthinkable prospect of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons.
The White House is currently examining ways to enable Iran to have its own “domestic” uranium enrichment program, according to a senior Obama administration official.
As the details of a six month interim nuclear deal between Iran and Western nations are hashed out, the White House is exploring the practicality of permitting Iran to continue certain enrichment activities, an issue that Iranian officials have described as a “redline.”
“Over the next six months, we will explore, in practical terms, whether and how Iran might end up with a limited, tightly constrained, and intensively monitored civilian nuclear program, including domestic enrichment,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Caitlin Hayden told the Washington Free Beacon. Read more at The Free Beacon.