It's disappointing that
Moreover, both sides indicate that there was progress in recent weeks toward the ultimate goal: a permanent agreement under which Iran would credibly agree to use nuclear power only for peaceful purposes in exchange for the lifting of sanctions that have damaged its economy. Secretary of State
This isn't the first extension of the talks, which originally had a deadline of July 20. But it has been only a year since Iran and the P5-plus-1 unveiled a Joint Plan of Action designed to end years of diplomatic stalemate over Iran's nuclear program. Iran shouldn't be allowed to stretch out the negotiations indefinitely, but the seven-month extension announced Monday is a reasonable one.
That doesn't mean an agreement is inevitable. And even if one is reached by negotiators and ratified by President
One of those consequences could be yet another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. Last year, President Obama said he would "take no options off the table, including military options" to ensure that Iran didn't develop nuclear weapons. We agree with the president that a nuclear-armed Iran would be a deeply destabilizing development (even if it didn't use a nuclear weapon against Israel, a highly unlikely scenario given Israel's own nuclear arsenal). But military action by either the U.S. or Israel against Iran would provoke convulsions in the region that would endanger American lives as well as American interests.