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A: The agreement will marginally slow, but not halt, Iran's nuclear efforts. It has been incorrectly described as a "freeze," but many elements of Iran's nuclear program will continue. Iran is allowed to enrich uranium, despite the fact that this explicitly violates U.N. resolutions. The agreement does nothing to reduce Iran's stockpile of low enriched uranium, despite the fact that reactor will be fueled by the Russians for at least 10 years anyway.
Q: What is wrong with using this agreement as a first step?
A: This is a flawed deal that risks reducing sanctions pressure on Iran over the next six months in return for easily reversible Iranian pledges, some of which Iran has given before but subsequently reneged on. The nuclear deal requires Iran to curb some, but not all, of its nuclear activities in return for about $7 billion in sanctions relief over six months.
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