“It is clear that an agreement is within reach, [that] many of the differences have been resolved,” said Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund.
“If we get a deal that is close to the terms the administration has set out, and I believe we will, it is going to be a very good deal. One that will surprise and please many of the critics,” Cirincione added. (Al-Monitor, 14 February)
“[The Munich] meeting itself coincided with the decision in both the US and Iran that they needed to get this deal, and could get this deal, and that an extension is not an option,” Cirincione said. “They are a few items away from an agreement [that would] substantially limit Iran’s [uranium] enrichment capability, plutonium production capability and block pathways to a bomb.”
Cirincione added that the key outstanding issue now is sanctions relief, and how to phase it. “But we are getting there.”