Reacting to the U.S. and Iran tentatively agreeing to a nuclear deal, columnist Charles Krauthammer lamented Thursday that there is “not a chance in the world” sanctions could return if they are lifted in the coming months.
The conservative commentator also told host Bret Baier that if the U.S. were to slap sanctions on the Iranians if they cheat on the deal, they would be “acting alone” and be isolated in doing so, as the E.U., the U.N. and others would not join in.
KRAUTHAMMER: Well, you could see what happened today by the jubilation in the face of the Iranian Foreign Minister when he announced what had been agreed to. The bottom line are two things: Iran is promised a total lifting of sanctions. That’s U.N., E.U., United States, everywhere. We are not sure about the timing, but it could be as early as June, and that will super charge the Iranian economy, will strengthen the regime, will give it tens of billions of dollars with which not only to build its nuclear facilities, but to use for the proxy wars around the Middle East. That’s number one. It gets its economy back.
BAIER: Let me just interrupt you. The administration says it doesn’t happen until it passes a threshold, in other words, they meet the requirements, then the sanctions get…
KRAUTHAMMER: They were completely unclear about what the requirements are. It is possible that when they sign the agreement in June, there will be a huge relief of sanctions. And when Obama speaks about snapping them back, if the Iranians are cheating, there is not chance in the world that the Chinese, the Russians or even the Europeans are going to snap on sanctions again. We would be acting alone, we’d be completely isolated.
So, number one, they are going to get their economy back and that’s all they really wanted. But the second, the most astonishing thing is that in return, they are not closing a single nuclear facility. Their entire nuclear infrastructure is intact. The soundbite you showed of the president, and that was in December, no more than a year and a half ago, he talked about you don’t need the Fordow facility, they are keeping it, it’s not going to close. They don’t need the Iraq reactor. They are gonna keep it. It will be “updated.” And lastly, they don’t need the advanced centrifuges, they are going to be developing new ones in the Fordow reactor. So, they are going to have the entire infrastructure in place either for a breakout after the agreement expires or when they have enough sanctions relief and they want to cheat and to breakout on their own.