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USF Expert: Iran Deal 'Victory for Diplomacy'

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M.S. Butler
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WUSF 89.7 News

Among the voices weighing in on the deal announced Tuesday limiting Iran's nuclear program is a University of South Florida expert on the Middle East.

Dr. Mohsen Milani, the executive director of the USF World Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, called the agreement "a victory for diplomacy."

But, he added, make no mistake about it - this is not a deal that's built on trust.

"The U.S. doesn't trust Iran, Iran doesn't trust the U.S - after all the two countries have been at war for over 37 years," Milani said. "This agreement is about transparency, it is about monitoring, it is about surveillance, so that Iran cannot, cannot build a bomb."

Milani also said that critics of the deal, including Republican presidential candidates and Congressional members, as well as leaders of Israel and Saudi Arabia, don't have a better alternative to the agreement to bring to the table.

"More sanctions?" Milani said. "We imposed draconian sanctions on Iran and the number of centrifuges increased from a few hundred to over 19,000. Perhaps what they have in mind is another war in the Middle East, this time against Iran."

One of the Republicans standing against the deal, presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, sent out a series of critical tweets saying "it will be left to the next President to return us to a position of American strength and re-impose sanctions on this despicable regime."

Milani added that once long-held sanctions are lifted on Iran, it could open up a strong market for European companies, and eventually, American ones as well.