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On Feb. 18, crucial negotiations over Iran's nuclear program began in Vienna between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (the P5+1).The West and Israel do not believe that Iran's nuclear program is meant to serve merely civilian aims.The central issue in these negotiations, around which everything else revolves, concerns Iran's "breakout capability" – the time it would need, within the framework of any agreement with the West, to renege and build a nuclear weapon.Israel opposes Iran's becoming a military nuclear power – or even a nuclear-threshold state – and is willing to try to prevent this by military means.The West – the U.S., Europe, and, more than any other country, Israel – will have to get used to the idea of living with an Iranian civilian nuclear-power program, while limiting Iran's capacity to become an emerging military nuclear power.
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