In the JT’s article “Good or Bad?” (July 24), the BJC’s Cailey Locklair Tolle is right to find the inspections regimen positive. But she also said: “Right now nothing stops. The centrifuges are still spinning. Uranium is still being enriched.” While this might be factually correct, it is extremely misleading, for Iran has agreed to give up most of its capacity (14,000 of its 20,000 centrifuges) and will only be allowed to enrich uranium in small percentages (3.67 percent) while weapons-grade uranium requires 90 percent enrichment.
Arms control experts (and numerous former members of Israel’s defense establishment) are quite supportive of the deal. For instance, Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a leading global security foundation, says, “This is a very good deal. It is a major victory for American national security. The beauty of this deal is that Iran gets to keep its buildings, and we get to take out all the furniture.”
To summarize: Iran and the international community have agreed to measures that will ensure Iran will not be able to obtain a crude nuke for 10 years or longer with unprecedented inspections and the threat of snapback sanctions that will prevent it from cheating. This makes the region, Israel and the U.S. safer and is good for all concerned. There are no viable alternatives. Congress should support the deal.