The liberal-leaning paper stated that "It would be nice if Iran could be persuaded to completely dismantle its nuclear program, as Mr. Netanyahu has demanded, but that is unlikely to ever happen.
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"The administration of President George W. Bush made similar demands and refused to negotiate seriously and the result was an Iranian program that is more advanced than ever."
The editorial expressed disappointment that the failure of negotiations allowed Congress, Israel and Saudi Arabia "an opportunity to sabotage a deal."
It was further stated that while French concerns about Iran's heavy water reactor were "easily resolved", Israelis and American lawmakers happily embraced French Foreign Minister Fabius’s outburst in pushing the United States and its allies to take a tougher line against Iran. "
The paper concluded that "The best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is through a negotiated deal that limits uranium enrichment, curbs the plutonium program and allows for maximum international monitoring. Iran took a useful, if insufficient, step when it agreed o allow the International Atomic Energy Agency access to certain nuclear sites. The opponents of a deal are energized and determined. The United States and its allies have to be united and smart."
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