The risk of dialog is that Iran might in the meantime produce a nuclear bomb. Then we can take a lesson from N. Korea. If they ever used a nuclear bomb on S. Korea or Japan it would be the end of N. Korea. They know it and they won't use it. They simply like to use the threat. In the case of Iran if it became clear that they had succeeded in producing a nuclear bomb there are a number of options short of war: permanent and escalating sanctions, blockades by the US stopping oil shipments and importation of gasoline, and a demonstration of a nuclear blast in a remote area. The best ally is the Iranian public. They don't need a bomb and won't tolerate one in the face of the destruction of the Iranian economy, destruction of their lifestyle, and isolation from the rest of the world. They also have to fear Israel which is capable of destroying Iran with its own nuclear and thermonuclear weapons. One should discuss what Iran gains from having a nuclear bomb and how we could deal with it. Once Iran understands what they gain and lose they may decide on their own to end the nuclear bomb program. Not likely but a possibility to be added to all the other negatives.
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