In this July 15, 2015 Financial Times op-ed, Nicholas Burns reacts to the Iran nuclear deal announced yesterday in Vienna.
In it, he outlines his support for what he believes is a sensible agreement and is the best alternative available to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
But, he recognizes the drawbacks, including important questions about the strength of inspections and our ability to re-impose sanctions on Iran should that become necessary. He also warns that the U.S. will have to launch a long term containment effort against Iran given its assertive push for power in the heart of the Sunni world.
Still, Burns believes, freezing Iran's nuclear program for the next decade is a better path for us than if we had walked away. In that case, the sanctions regime would have likely frayed and the P-5 coalition against Iran would have weakened. All of the current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program would also have been lifted. Obama's deal is stronger than the "No Deal" scenario championed by many of his critics.