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Iran Agreement Faces Hard Questions

July 16, 2015
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(Clockwise top left) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is embraced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif and British Foreign Secretary William Hague Photo: Reuters/Getty Images

(Clockwise top left) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is embraced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif and British Foreign Secretary William Hague Photo: Reuters/Getty Images

Iran says it is not building a nuclear bomb. The U.S. and most of the rest of the world says it is.

Iran said, well, why not stop building something we are not building and see how much the world will pay us to not do something we are not doing.

The basic agreement has Iran stopping preparation for a nuclear bomb program for ten years. In return, the world will lift sanctions on Iran’s economy and assets. This will take place as Iran conforms to the agreement. It will also allow Iran to buy weapons five years from now.

The agreement is very complex. It contains details on all kinds of nuclear activities. At the end of ten years Iran will be able to complete work on a nuclear weapon in a short period of time. The president said future presidents would not let Iran become a nuclear power.

Iran is a leader in state-supported terrorism. It backs Hezbollah in Syria and Hamas in Gaza. It supports President Assad in Syria.

The United States is working with Iran in Iraq. Both countries oppose the Islamic State. Iran opposes ISIS because their Sunni enemies back it. The U.S. opposes ISIS because it is defeating the government we left in Iraq. Billions of dollars were spent to train an Iraqi military. They have shown no will to fight.

Most Republicans and many Democrats are against the Iran agreement. The U.S. Congress can pass a bill that says it does not support the agreement. The president said he would veto any such bill that is passed.

Saudi Arabia and Israel are against the agreement.

The agreement is centered on Iran accepting inspections of its nuclear sites. The exact wording is important. Will the agreement read the same in Farsi, the language of Iran, as it does in English?

What is very clear at this time is that everybody will look at the agreement very carefully.

Source: The Washington Post July 14, 2015

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