JUST IN: Parties agree to extend Iran nuclear talks until June.
So, what happens if Iran fails to strike a deal with other nations — including the United States — to end its nuclear enrichment program?
Might it be that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was right, that “no deal is better than a bad deal”?
The deadline comes at the end this day. There might be a framework for a deal that sets up a new deadline.
If not, well, then more sanctions are due. Perhaps even the “military option” if Iran weaponizes the uranium that other nations want it to surrender.
The prospect of no deal shouldn’t be of grave concern.
U.S. negotiators insist, as they should, that Iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon. No one on Earth trusts a nuclear-powered Islamic Republic of Iran, which has stated its No. 1 mission is to destroy Israel. The Israelis haven’t said it in so many words, but they clearly stand ready to strike Iran if it gets a whiff of a nuclear weapon being on developed. President Obama has refused repeatedly to take a military strike off the table as well.
What constitutes a “bad deal”? It would be one that allows sanctions to be lifted over time, which reportedly is one of the options being considered by U.S. and allied negotiators. It’s the kind of deal that Netanyahu has warned shouldn’t be allowed to occur.
We are dealing with a seriously rogue nation. Let us treat it as such.