International negotiations to cap Iran’s nuclear ambitions failed to meet their November deadline. Rather than declare them failed, however, the seven countries agreed to extend the talks for another seven months. Despite few signs of progress, and the lack even of a framework agreement, the determination of the negotiators is to be applauded. A deal should be possible.

For more than a decade, Western nations have watched with alarm as Iran has nurtured a nuclear program that defies its declared rationale. A country that claims to harbor no nuclear weapon ambitions has been discovered to have clandestine nuclear facilities, has allegedly tested components that can be used for weapons, and has pursued the enrichment of uranium that far exceeds any nonmilitary use.

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