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Wrong about the effectiveness of the nuclear agreement and wrong about the reasons why the deal between Iran and the world's major powers was confined to the nuclear issue.I served as chief of staff to Kerry, whose engagement on the Iran nuclear issue began through a secret Omani back channel while he was still a senator and concluded years later, when he played a leading role in negotiating the 2015 agreement with Tehran.Trump is also dead wrong about the reasons the agreement was focused exclusively on nuclear weapons, not Iran's broader activities.Iran's nuclear threat alone had galvanized backbreaking multilateral sanctions, enlisting China and Russia – two nations that don't share the United States' opposition to Iran's nonnuclear misdeeds like its role in Syria propping up President Bashar Assad.The nuclear issue alone will be the issue at hand, and that's how Trump should want to be measured.If this is Trump's idea of a "ridiculous" deal, what does he envision as success on the Korean Peninsula, where a despot heads a regime that's cheated on past agreements, does not cooperate with the IAEA and is far ahead of Iran's nuclear program?
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