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November 11, 2013

Case for a deal with Iran

NORMAN — It’s understandable that there is skepticism about whether Iran would abide by an interim agreement to suspend most of its nuclear activities in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions.

But the United States and the other nations that have been negotiating with the new government in Tehran are right to pursue such an arrangement as a way to test Iran’s insistence that it’s willing to forswear the development of nuclear weapons. Members of Congress inclined to oppose this initiative should allow it time to succeed or fail.

Expectations about a deal were heightened Friday when Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew to Geneva, where Iran has been negotiating with the so-called P5-plus-1. But on Saturday night, this round of talks adjourned without an agreement.

U.S. officials have suggested that an interim deal would bar Iran from “advancing” its nuclear program during a transitional period, in exchange for the release of some Iranian assets frozen in overseas banks. Meanwhile, negotiators would continue to pursue a final agreement to resolve all remaining concerns about the development of an Iranian nuclear arsenal.

Critics have pounced on reports that a proposed interim deal might not require Iran to suspend all enrichment of uranium, as U.N. resolutions dating back to 2006 have demanded.

Without such a commitment, they argue, even a minor relaxation of sanctions would allow Iran to string the community along while it continued to make progress toward a nuclear weapon.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would threaten his country, said, “The deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal.”

On Capitol Hill, legislation is being prepared that would prevent President Obama from relaxing sanctions against Iran in the absence of concessions far greater than are likely to be included in an interim agreement. These objections are rooted in historical reality.

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