What place should past nuclear research have in the Iran talks?

With the Iran talks extended yesterday evening for another four months (to the one year anniversary of the Joint Plan being signed, but conveniently also a few weeks after America’s midterm elections), I weighed in at the Huffington Post on how we should think of one of the key remaining issues: unresolved questions about Iran’s past nuclear-weapons research. The allegations are disturbing, the IAEA believes the evidence is credible, and Iran has not only not been fully forthcoming, it’s engaged in apparent coverups. But, I argue, a strong verification program centered around the enrichment phase of the nuclear process will be the core of the deal, and we can toughen our line there to hedge against what weaponization progress we think Iran’s made. After all, no highly enriched uranium, no bomb.


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