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“More importantly and ironically, if you refuse to negotiate with Iran, it will actually weaken the sanctions, because your partners will bolt.”
If they do, the United States may be left not just without a diplomatic deal but without the best tactic to provide leverage. And that leverage shouldn’t be just to talk, but to find a verifiable method to stop Iran from building a bomb.
“This is about a contract with enforceable provisions,” Cirincione said.
The stakes are high — and not just for negotiations with Iran, but also for concurrent diplomacy regarding Syria and the Israel-Palestine issue.
So expect the media and political pressure to be high, too — in Washington, Tehran and concerned capitals worldwide.
John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. Fridays on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.
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