Iran may become the first country in history to get away with nuclear blackmail without ever having built a nuclear weapon.
The interim deal announced Nov. 23 by Tehran and representatives of the United States, European nations, Russia and China would suspend Iran's nuclear program and put it under increased international scrutiny for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
But there are a lot of things it won't do, such as end Iran's support for global terrorism or its proxy war against Israel.
Iran also did not agree to stop interfering in the affairs of other Middle Eastern states or release Americans held in that country.
Both sides agreed that those issues would not be on the table in the secret talks which concluded in the nuclear program deal.
The negotiations “are related strictly to Iran’s nuclear program," White House Principal Deputy Spokesman Josh Earnest said today.
In Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif echoed that understanding, saying: "Our discussions have been limited to the nuclear issue."
Remember that the original purpose of U.S. sanctions against Iran was to get the Islamic regime in Tehran to stop supporting terrorism.
But Iran's terrorist activities have increased, not decreased, as talks over the nuclear issue have dragged on.
And the price of a permanent deal limiting Iran's nuclear program to peaceful purposes could be that Tehran will be free to continue those activities without the punishing burden of international sanctions.