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Nice Arms Embargo You Have There

You'd be smiling, too. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

You’d be smiling, too.
(Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

What else did Obama give up to keep Iran at the negotiating table long enough to work out a bad deal? The arms embargo:

Addressing concerns that a landmark nuclear deal reached this year could boost Iran’s military power, the Obama administration reassured critics that it would maintain and enforce its remaining tough sanctions against the country.

Yet the U.S. government has pursued far fewer violations of a long-standing arms embargo against Iran in the past year compared to recent years, according to a review of court records and interviews with two senior officials involved in sanctions enforcement.

The sharp fall in new prosecutions did not reflect fewer attempts by Iran to break the embargo, the officials said. Rather, uncertainty among prosecutors and agents on how the terms of the deal would affect cases made them reluctant to commit already scarce resources with the same vigor as in previous years, the officials said.

The more relaxed enforcement raises questions over how strictly the arms embargo and other remaining sanctions will be applied in future, since the nuclear deal still needs to be implemented and Iran will likely remain sensitive to a tough sanctions regime.

As I was forced to conclude back in March, Obama wants Iran armed to the teeth — “he wants it.”