Conservative columnist George Will is among those skeptical Iran will abide by its end of the six-month temporary agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday,"
Will said he sees no reason Iran would suddenly think sanctions are hurting them so badly they have to make a deal after they have spent year pushing toward nuclear capability.
"I think it's time we face the fact they're going to be a nuclear power," Will told host Chris Wallace.
The deal, announced late Saturday night in the United States, made four things clear, Will said.
"First, there will be no U.S. attack on our negotiating partner, the Iranians, he said. "That's off the table."
Second, Will disagreed with President Barack Obama's statement that the United States will not have to contain a nuclear Iran.
"That will be our policy, to contain them, because I think they're going to get the bombs," Will said.
Third, Israel, in alliance with Saudi Arabia, may follow through with its threat to use military action to take out Iranian reactors.
Fourth, there may now be a proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East as the Saudis, who are terrified of Iran, seek their own arsenal.
Though the deal is being sold
on both sides as a reward for Iran electing the more moderate Hassan Rouhani as president this past summer, Will is doubtful.
"This is a dance we went though during the Cold War," he said. "We were constantly negotiating with ourselves in order to supposedly encourage the doves against the hawks in the Kremlin. A moderate in Iran is a very relative term at this point."
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