Senior Policy Director John Erath spoke with Newsweek about the chances of reviving the Iran nuclear deal.
“The basic outline of the deal is still what it has been for more than a year: compliance for sanctions relief,” John Erath, a 30-year State Department veteran now serving as senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told Newsweek. “It is clearly in the best interests of all sides to resume the JCPOA and not allow other political considerations to stand in the way.”
From the U.S. perspective, Erath argued that “the benefits to returning to compliance are the resumption of verifiable limits in Iran’s nuclear program that would block pathways to building nuclear weapons.”
“It will be therefore necessary to begin negotiation of how to manage this risk soon,” Erath said. “If the JCPOA is treated as an end in itself, instead of a step on the path to a verifiably non-nuclear Iran, it risks returning to a crisis situation on its expiration. The agreement would, if resumed, however, provide needed space for negotiations, so the world would be better with it than without.” Read more