Nuclear proliferation expert from Minnesota calls Iran deal ‘a pretty good outcome’

Mark Fitzpatrick, a Minnesota native now with the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, told the BBC that that nuclear agreement with Iran is “a pretty good outcome.”

Fitzpatrick is from White Bear Lake and was a veteran of the Foreign Service before joining the London think tank. (He’s also my cousin.)

After the agreement was announced, he said in the BBC interview: “There won’t be an Iranian nuclear weapon in the foreseeable future and there won’t be a war to stop it —that’s a pretty good outcome.”

He said he feels the agreement should give confidence that Iran won’t have a nuclear weapon in the next 15 years. He wishes some aspects of the deal had been tighter, but compromises had to be made.

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