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Killing the JCPOA: An opportunity missed?As reported previously by this writer, senior Iranian former officials repeatedly told him and other Americans in unofficial, track II discussions preceding the nuclear deal, that Iran had no intention of weaponizing nuclear energy. Iran has gotten some relief, and now it stands to lose some of what it has gained.If, however, Iran did not intend to build a nuclear arsenal, then the JCPOA has amounted to a blank check for paying Tehran to do what it intended to do anyway, and Trump would be correct in labeling it "the worst deal ever".The official U.S. position seems to be that Iran has been essentially in compliance with a "worst deal ever," one that nevertheless moves the breakout period to the left.American diplomacy would not seem to be setting the conditions for cooperatively beating Iran on the ground, even if one wishes to believe that Iran bamboozled the West or that the deal is substandard in other respects.
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