Would ‘sunset’ of nuclear deal end restrictions on Iran?

Workers move a fuels rod at the Fuel Manufacturing plant at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility 440 Km (273 miles) south of Tehran April 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Caren Firouz  (IRAN POLITICS ENERGY) - RTXDTPP

Workers move a fuels rod at the Fuel Manufacturing plant at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility 440 Km (273 miles) south of Tehran April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN POLITICS ENERGY) – RTXDTPP

Fans and foes of the nuclear talks with Iran are offering sharply divergent views of what the not-so-distant future will look like. 

To hear the Obama administration tell it, once Iran submits to rigid restrictions on its nuclear program for a decade or more, the country will still end up confined to a legal straitjacket.

“Iran is forever forbidden from building a nuclear weapon,” Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers at a Feb. 25 hearing. “That is the nature of membership in the Non-Proliferation Treaty which they are a member of.”

Critics counter that the international non-proliferation architecture looks more like a loose shirt baggy enough to conceal a nuclear warhead.

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