The Times kaller avtalen med Iran A reckless gamble:

An unreconstructed theocracy has won concessions on sanctions that enable it to tighten its grip on power and enrich its hardliners, including those who sponsor international terrorism. In return Iran has agreed to limits on its nuclear ambitions that are in principle tighter than previous schemes. In reality they are weakened by loopholes that could all too easily be used to outmanoeuvre weapons inspectors. Bedazzled by the idea of a deal, the US and its partners, Britain among them, have settled for a bad one. They should have resisted the temptation.


the compromise over military site inspections thrashed out in the final sessions of the Vienna talks gives far too much away.

For a watertight deal such inspections should be possible without notice, at any time. Instead, inspectors will have to give warning, show grounds for suspicion and if challenged by Tehran, persuade a panel of representatives from the P5 plus 1 that the inspection is needed. This gives Russia, a determined pro-Iranian maverick, a potentially decisive say whenever Iran chooses to drag its feet. At the very least Iran has been granted a means to delay inspectors’ access long enough to hide whatever they hoped to inspect.


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