The Problem with Making a Nuclear Deal with Iran

(Forbes) Ilan Berman - Even if a deal does materialize, the Administration is liable to soon find out that "getting to yes" with Iran was the easy part, because, in exchange, the Islamic Republic is seeking to extract a steep price. As Der Spiegel outlined last month, Iran is looking for "the United States and Europe [to] rescind their sanctions against the Islamic Republic, lift the ban on Iranian oil exports and allow the country's central bank to do international business again." For more than a decade, U.S. sanctions have focused on the totality of Iran's rogue behavior, from nuclear development to human rights abuses to support for international terrorism. Even though Tehran might be beginning to play ball on the nuclear front, it certainly isn't on the others. Iran not only remains a major state sponsor of terrorism but has actually stepped up its terror-related activity in recent months. The writer is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council.

2013-10-18 00:00:00

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