The New York Times revealed this weekend that the United States was "open" to an agreement with Iran that would allow the Islamic Republic to unplug the "plumbing" on its uranium enrichment infrastructure in exchange for wide-ranging sanctions relief, functionally reversing what had long been the West's insistence that the Iranians dismantle that infrastructure:
From "dismantle & disclose" to "disconnect & defer": an anatomy of the erosion in US negotiating leverage: #Iran
Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, described the dynamic as one in which Washington's "nuclear negotiating team... is either directly or through its surrogates offering compromise positions in the hope that, by accommodating the Supreme Leader's redlines, they can find some technical solution." He criticized the policy as one that "only rewards the Leader's intransigence and makes it increasingly likely that, if there is a comprehensive deal, it will be a bad deal."
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