MU expert gives insight on Iranian Nuclear Agreement

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COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri political science researcher offered his opinion on Wednesday regarding the Iranian Nuclear Agreement.

The agreement was made after 20 months of negotiations and missed deadlines between the United States and Iran.

President Obama spoke Tuesday and Wednesday about the agreement. He said it's a "comprehensive long-term deal with Iran that prevents it from obtaining a nuclear weapon." "With this deal, we gain unprecedented around the clock inspections of Iran's nuclear weapons program."

The core of the agreement is the restrictions on the amount of nuclear fuel that Iran can keep for the next 15 years. 

Obama said he feels it is necessary for the United States to go through with the agreement.

University of Missouri political science researcher A. Cooper Drury read the agreement and said the U.S. should be cautious. He said America can be slightly optimistic, but only if they're careful and guarded.

"What we should be cautiously optimistic," Drury said.

Drury said the deal works for the first few years, but can go very badly after that by allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapon capability.

He said the restrictions on Iran's nuclear capability will become looser as the years go on.

Drury said the way he reads the agreement is that the deal gives the U.S. a few years to convince Iran not to develop nuclear weapons. 

He said the deal should not be seen as the end of negotiations, but as a starting point for a new relationship with Iran.

"If this is seen as the beginning of negotiations with Iran about their nuclear program, I think we can be more optimistic," Drury said. "But if we see this sort of like the end, like it was a success, honestly the way the president is portraying it, sort of like we've accomplished something, then we could be in for some trouble," Drury said.

The president said he will veto any form of legislation used to prohibit the deal as congress enters a 60-day review.