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Recent Iran Moves Feed Polarized Views

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. – Recent moves by Iran offer something for supporters and detractors of the nuclear deal which started being implemented this past weekend, Blaise Misztal, national security director at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said.

“Even as the Iran nuclear agreement is being implemented, opinions about it remain polarized. Supporters of the deal point to Iran’s compliance with its initial nuclear restrictions and release of U.S. soldiers and prisoners as signs that the deal is working. Critics can point to Iran’s lack of compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency probe into its nuclear program, its testing of ballistic missiles, its firing of rockets near a U.S. aircraft carrier, and its confrontation with Saudi Arabia,” Misztal said.

“The strength of U.S. policy on Iran has always been the bipartisan consensus that guided it. With the deal going into effect and tensions in the region continuing to rise, the White House and Congress need to rebuild that consensus and cooperate on finding ways to limit Iranian aggression and protect U.S. interests and allies, without contravening the agreement,” Misztal said.

Blaise Misztal is available for comment.

KEYWORDS: IRAN, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SAUDI ARABIA