Nuclear deal would do nothing to resolve Iranian nuclear crisis while increasing risks of terrorism from Iran and accelerate proliferation in Middle East
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The Iran nuclear talks in Vienna have been extended till tomorrow, July 10, with a chance of further extension. Any day the emerging deal isn’t completed is a good day, because I believe it to be deeply flawed, with historically severe implications for American standing and national security. It would align ourselves closer with the Islamic Republic of Iran--the world’s chief sponsor of terrorism and a fierce ideologically enemy of the United States and our Arab and Israeli allies – and grant it international legitimacy to become a threshold nuclear power in 10-15 years, even if it observes the deal. Iran would be enriched with tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and increased exports, thereby strengthening its radical regime and supercharging its nefarious activities. The deal would spur and accelerate other regional countries’ pursuit of nuclear weapons. This will regionalize the issue, so that in subsequent years we won’t only need to assess what Iran is doing in its nuclear program, but we’ll also need to monitor what Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and our other traditional regional allies might doing on the nuclear front.