Revived or Not, the Iran Nuclear Deal Has Lost Its Purpose

Revived or Not, the Iran Nuclear Deal Has Lost Its Purpose
Police officers stand in front of the Grand Hotel Wien where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran take place, in Vienna, Austria, April 9, 2021 (AP photo by Florian Schroetter).

The ongoing talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal seem to have entered a critical stage in the past several days, with no small amount of optimism that a breakthrough is near. The problem both sides now face is that the deals underlying logic no longer holds, whether as an arms control agreement or as a confidence-building measure.

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