Jul. 2, 2019
Iran’s Nuclear Breakout – Editorial
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Monday that Iran is deliberately violating the 2015 nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Europe now has to decide whether to tolerate this nuclear breakout or join the U.S. in pressuring Tehran to renegotiate.
Many Europeans will blame Washington more than Tehran for this breakout. But it’s been clear all along that the regime has viewed the deal as a pause, not an end, to its nuclear ambitions. Earlier this year the country’s top nuclear official acknowledged the regime had long been preparing to break out from the deal and pursue nuclear weapons.
We’ve learned enough about Iran’s behavior to know that the regime always intended to use the deal to finance its adventures abroad, while biding its time and getting stronger as it waits for the date it could escape the deal’s strictures and become a nuclear power. (Wall Street Journal)