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Iranian Nuclear Program
Keep talking with Iran
Keep talking with Iran

The announcement today that the U.S. and Iran have agreed to extend talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program is far short of what we might have hoped for. But the extension can't be counted as a failure either. If the goal is to keep up the pressure on Iran's leaders to reach a deal, keeping the talks going was the least bad alternative for Western negotiators. With discussions scheduled to resume in December, everything is on hold for the moment, which works to the advantage of the U.S. and its partners. Western economic sanctions are still in place, Iran's uranium enrichment program remains suspended, and international inspectors are still on the ground monitoring...