Dec 10, 2014
Expert American opinion on the outcome of last month’s nuclear negotiations with Iran is sharply divided. Those who want Iran to give up all enrichment technology are relieved that a “bad” deal was averted. Pressure is building in Congress, especially but not exclusively among Republicans, for new sanctions. Some would like to see Congress authorize the use of military force. Others think an interim arrangement limiting Iranian enrichment (the November 2013 “Joint Plan of Action,” which took effect January 20, 2014) is good enough for now and certainly better than no limits. They resist the idea of new sanctions and hope for an agreement by the new July 2015 deadline that will provide as much as a year’s warning of any Iranian moves to produce the material needed for a nuclear weapon.
Nuclear weapons, and the need to prevent rogue states and paramilitary groups from gaining access to them, have characterized much of the international community's involvement in the Middle East in the post-World War II era.