By James C. Lewis
After years of stalemate, the United States and our allies have secured a verifiable nuclear deal with Iran. This first-stage deal freezes Iran’s nuclear program and provides both sides time to negotiate a more comprehensive agreement ensuring Iran never develops the bomb.
This is a big win, both for Washington and the international community as a whole, for many reasons.
First and foremost, a diplomatic solution to this decade-long challenge would prevent the two most likely alternatives: an Iranian nuclear weapon or a war.
Without ongoing diplomatic negotiations, sanctions have no impact. They are designed to bring adversaries to the negotiating table.
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