Risky business

Risky business

“The time to oppose [a deal with Iran] is when you see what it is,” Secretary of State John Kerry said this week in Abu Dhabi, adding that there is no deal yet, so no criticism is warranted.

Mr. Kerry is wrong. While the details of the agreement being negotiated are not yet known, its outlines are. Iran insists that it needs nuclear energy in order to improve the lives of its people and must be allowed to continue its nuclear program. The West would be allowed to inspect, but all too often, as we have seen, agreements for inspection quickly become allowances for deception.

Iran has done nothing to warrant anyone’s trust. The only deal the West should accept is a complete dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program, under the West’s own watchful eye. Anything else puts the region – and the world – at risk.