The nuclear agreement between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States has not yet been completed, but critics already are falsely attacking it. One of the main fabricated lines of attack is that this is a short-term, 10-year deal, at the end of which Iran will emerge with a nuclear weapon.
If the final agreement follows the provisions of the Lausanne framework, we will have in place a carefully crafted series of restrictions with varying timelines that offers the best chance for preventing Iran from accumulating a nuclear arsenal.
For one thing, if a deal comes into force, the lead time for Iran to amass enough weapons-grade nuclear material to build one bomb will grow from a few months to more than a year — sufficient time to respond to any breakout. To achieve this extended breakout time, Iran will eliminate about 97 percent of its current low enriched uranium stockpile and reduce its centrifuges by two-thirds.