Right now, we are excruciatingly close to historic deal. Pres. Obama and the White House may have done something that no one thought they could do, force the Iranian government into a verifiable nuclear deal. At first glance, this deal appears to have everything that we want. We want to have intrusive inspections where we can verify that Iran is holding up their end of the bargain. Secondly, we want to have a deal in which the international community is overwhelmingly supportive. We have that. (Even Russia’s on board.) I hesitate to be too exuberant but… Damn, this really looks good.
From the New York Times:
The preliminary agreement between Iran and the major powers is a significant achievement that makes it more likely Iran will never be a nuclear threat. President Obama said it would “cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.”
Officials said some important issues have not been resolved, like the possible lifting of a United Nations arms embargo, and writing the technical sections could also cause problems before the deal’s finalization, expected by June 30. Even so, the agreement announced on Thursday after eight days of negotiations appears more specific and comprehensive than expected.