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Jeffrey Goldberg

Obama Weapons Expert: No Chance of Success With Iran

I sat down with Gary Samore at his office at Harvard University to discuss the next round of Iran nuclear negotiations. 
Iran nuclear talks restarted today at the United Nations in Vienna. Photographer: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images
Iran nuclear talks restarted today at the United Nations in Vienna. Photographer: Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

Until recently, Gary Samore was the Barack Obama administration's top expert on weapons of mass destruction and the go-to White House official on the complexities and challenges of the Iranian nuclear program. So I pay attention when he says that the Iran nuclear talks -- restarting today -- have an almost zero chance of success.

One of the many reasons for this, he believes, is that the West has given the Iranian regime insufficient cause to feel as if it must give up its nuclear dreams. The negotiations might drag on for two or three years. And then? "And then the Iranians could decide they're strong enough to walk away," he says.