Letter: A first step

To the editor:

The recent interim nuclear agreement with Iran should be cautiously welcomed. Iran has agreed to dilute half of its highly enriched uranium, not to pursue further enrichment and submit to inspection of its reactors and centrifuges. In return some of the sanctions on Iran’s oil and gold exports will be lifted and Iran will have access to some of its frozen assets to buy food and medical supplies.

This is just a first step with the goal of coming to a comprehensive agreement in six months. It is not perfect but increases the time required for Iran to build a nuclear weapon. We have six more months to try to diplomatically solve this issue. It may still not work but as Winston Churchill said  “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.”