Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass this morning said the Iran deal not only doesn’t solve the Iranian nuclear weapons problem, but it allows Iran to put into place everything it needs to build a nuclear program.
Haass, who appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was alludiing to Iran’s ability during years 10-15 of the agreement to ramp up its production of uranium and move toward a near-zero day breakout period for creating a nuclear weapon. As in, do it tomorrow.
What this agreement can do is for ten or fifteen years put a ceiling on selective Iranian capabilities . . . The real problem with this agreement is not that Iran cheats, it’s that it complies, and after ten of fifteen years it’s then legally able to amass all the prerequisites of a large-scale nuclear weapons program . . . this agreement in no way solves the Iranian nuclear conundrum.