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It’s not perfect, but pact enhances national security
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It’s not perfect, but pact enhances national security

Hardin Lang discusses why the one-year-old nuclear deal with Iran remains the best choice available.

One year on, the Iran nuclear deal is doing what its proponents said it would: making America safer by stopping Iran’s march towards a nuclear weapon and preventing a wider regional war.

Such an agreement, while imperfect, was — and remains — the best choice available. To understand why, first remember where things stood when President Obama took office. In 2008, Iran was within “striking distance” of acquiring a nuclear weapon. In response, the Obama administration mobilized the great powers to assemble punishing sanctions. Under severe economic pressure, Iran eventually agreed to terms that would cut off its main pathways to a bomb for 15 years or more.

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Hardin Lang

Senior Fellow