July 14, 2015

The art of the Iran deal

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Politico

Journalist(s) Nahal Toosi

When it comes to easing sanctions on Iran, the nuclear accord reached in Vienna is a work of diplomatic abstract art — a composition so complex it lets each side see what it wants.

As word spread Tuesday of the agreement, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter, with a dash of snark: “Upon #IranDeal implementation all sanctions will be lifted — not suspended. Otherwise, there was no need for 18-day round-the-clock #IranTalks.”


President Barack Obama, meanwhile, stressed in a speech that sanctions “relief will be phased in,” and that “Iran must complete key nuclear steps before it begins to receive new sanctions relief.” The sanctions, he added, could quickly be reimposed.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...