The terrible price of appeasing Iran

As a consequence of the deal on its nuclear programme, Iran has effectively received international legitimacy as a nuclear threshold state. It remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, and it will now feel more emboldened than ever. In other words, they’ve played us like a violin

On the face of it, the parameters of the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme are better than expected. The country is not about to join the elite nuclear club, at least for the time being. Under the proposed deal, Tehran must reduce by two thirds all its installed centrifuges, and those that remain will only be first generation.

It has agreed ‘not to enrich uranium over 3.67 percent’ for 15 years while reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium from 10,000 kg to 300 kg for the same period. It has agreed ‘not to enrich uranium at Fordow for 15 years’ and to rebuild the heavy water reactor in Arak for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA ‘will have regular access to all of Iran’s nuclear facilities’ and ‘the supply chain that supports Iran’s nuclear program’. Sanctions relief will be given if Iran ‘verifiably abides by its commitments’ but sanctions ‘snap back’ if there is ‘significant non-performance’.