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North Korea, Nukes and Sanity

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Everything they have done to date has been designed to demonstrate that they might shortly develop a deliverable nuclear weapon, but that they have not yet done so….This means that they are aware of the line and are extremely controlled in not crossing it.

A Safer World, Thanks to the Iran Deal

Posted January 17th, 2016 at 9:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Leaders don’t give up their nuclear weapons for nothing. A bargain with Iran was necessary. It might even serve as an example for dealing with North Korea, which may have enough fuel for 16 weapons and is producing many more.

No Time for a Nuclear Deal with Pakistan

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 11:16 am (UTC-4)
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Worst of all, the nuclear discussion shifts attention from the underlying causes of American anxiety with Pakistan and the greatest stumbling blocks to effective partnership between Washington and Islamabad.

Enforcing the Iran Deal: Another Gaping Hole

Posted August 26th, 2015 at 4:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Americans have debated whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) gives inspectors sufficient visibility into suspected, undisclosed Iranian activities, and whether, in the event of Iranian breach, sanctions will snapback.  But there’s a bigger problem: the Joint Plan grants Iran and friends grounds to exclude from snapback sanctions long-term sales of Iranian oil and gas, […]

John Kerry and Ernest Moniz: The Case for the Nuclear Deal with Iran

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 9:16 am (UTC-4)
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Without this deal, Iran could double its capacity to enrich uranium in a short time. With it, it must reduce that capacity immediately and sharply.

Jeb Bush Versus Scott Walker: Should the Next President Be Ready to Attack Iran On Day One?

Posted July 20th, 2015 at 4:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Should a new Republican president be prepared to tear up the Iran agreement and maybe act militarily on Inauguration Day 2017, or should he wait a few months until his cabinet’s in place before making any heady decisions? Before you answer, remember that Iran is getting its sanctions relief up front.

The Other Reason the Iranians are Edging Toward a Nuclear Deal

Posted July 6th, 2015 at 10:26 am (UTC-4)
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Iran’s fear of ISIS is itself a paradox insofar as Iran helped create the conditions for the group’s rise through its support of both the regimes of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq.

Hold Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Their Word

Posted July 1st, 2015 at 9:35 am (UTC-4)
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Two years ago, the Obama administration set out to achieve a deal that would dismantle key elements of Iran’s nuclear program, freeze uranium enrichment for at least a decade, and beef up international inspections to ensure that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon. That was a deal worth pursuing — and it still is.

Why Obama Is Wrong About Iran Being ‘Rational’ on Nukes

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 9:41 am (UTC-4)
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The question of whether Iran, run by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ayatollahs, is a rational state goes to the very heart of the debate over its nuclear program and the negotiations, now nearing a June 30 deadline, to curb it.

The Slow Nuclear Bomb Boil

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 11:24 am (UTC-4)
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The United States should work feverishly with our allies to use every available means to defund, cut off and starve the [North Korean] regime, seeking to topple it before it becomes a fully capable nuclear power.