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An elegant but unconvincing attack on the Iran nuclear deal

An elegant but unconvincing attack on the Iran nuclear deal

During last year’s presidential campaign, Donald Trump heaped abuse on the international agreement negotiated in 2015 that placed strict limits on Iran’s nuclear program, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated” and intimating that he might tear it up if he were elected.

After he won, he calmed down briefly, and even twice certified to Congress that Iran’s conduct justifies continuation of the agreement. But now, he has signaled that he might refuse to do so in mid-October at the end of the next 90-day period provided for by law.

Trump’s long-standing argument against the deal is that Iran is “not living up to the spirit of the agreement.” But his argument for repudiating...

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