TIMMERMAN: Holding the line on Iranian nuclear weapons

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Iran’s foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Javad Sharif, reiterated in Geneva the long-standing positions of his government. For Tehran, the “right” to enrich uranium is a “red line” they do not intend to cross. So is completion of the Arak bomb plant.

While talking about talks — which is all the Geneva talks were about — might satisfy some deep-seated need in the psyche of career diplomats, Mr. Kerry must place a clear time limit on how long he will allow the Iranians to procrastinate. Every day we continue the talks, the Iranian centrifuges are spinning. Every day they continue to spin, Iran gets closer to nuclear capabilities no international agreement will be able to control.

Kenneth R. Timmerman is the author of “Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs and the Party of Surrender” (Three Rivers Press, 2008).

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