Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune:
November 2013, the U.S. and its allies appeared to be marching in lockstep toward an interim nuclear agreement with Iran, but then France spectacularly broke ranks.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius torpedoed the proposal when he called it “a sucker’s deal.”
That stiffened spines on the U.S. side of the table and produced a better agreement a couple of weeks later, one that Fabius could stomach.
That interim agreement allowed negotiations to continue, and now a final deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear capability may be within grasp. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry clearly want it.
But here is Fabius again, complaining Friday that the emerging deal does not go far enough to restrain Iran’s capability, to prevent Tehran from breaking out quickly and building a nuclear weapon. “There has been progress but as far as the volume, checks and duration of the envisaged commitments are concerned, the situation is still insufficient,” Fabius said. “So there is more work to be done.”
Sounds like Fabius is trying to insert some steel into the spine again. Let’s hope so.