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In this article, published in The National Interest, Michael Eisenstadt takes a look at Iran’s negotiation strategy with the West, explaining that Iran’s goal is a deal that relieves the economic pressure from the international community while allowing it to become and remain a nuclear threshold state. Instead of dashing for the bomb immediately, Iran is attempting to acquire nuclear deterrence without an actual nuclear weapon. If Iran can convince the West to agree to a deal that recognizes its right to enrich Uranium and maintains inspections at their current level of frequency and intrusiveness, it will be possible for Iran to continue upgrading and hardening its nuclear infrastructure, giving it a breakout capability that would have a similar effect to an actual nuclear arsenal. In this case, inspections could actually work in Irans favor, demonstrating this capability without giving the West enough time to detect an actual outbreak.