National Defense Magazine quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on why concerns about a nuclear Iran will remain even if an accord is reached:
There are aspects of the prospective agreement being worked on between Iranian and Western nuclear negotiators that are troubling to some observers, analysts noted at a panel discussion at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, DC, think tank.
“With or without a deal, there will be elements of an Iranian nuclear program that remain intact,” said Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.
One concern is the lack of constraint on Iranian centrifuges and uranium production 10 to 15 years from now, he said.
Completely removing Iran’s capability to enrich uranium is not a viable option at this point, said Bilal Y. Saab, a Middle East Analyst at the Brent Scowcroft Center for Security, which is affiliated with the Atlantic Council.