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Easing Iran sanctions would be a bad move

Mark I. Fishman New Haven

Publication: The Day

Published 12/16/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/13/2013 05:12 PM

In his opinion piece, "What happens next with the Iranian talks," (Dec. 2), David Ignatius is absolutely correct that the negotiations for a real, comprehensive agreement ending Iran's nuclear weapons program will be "more difficult" and that "the United States will need the leverage of the sanctions still in place ... and the threat of more sanctions if negotiations break down."

Unfortunately, by having relaxed the sanctions, the P5+1 made it more likely that the sanctions will disintegrate rather than provide leverage, and the Obama administration is opposing the vital congressional initiative to ensure the strengthening of our sanctions in case negotiations break down or Iran breaches the interim agreement.

Editor's note: The writer is president of PRIMER-Connecticut (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting).

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