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The guest column by Lawrence Haas sets out several scary scenarios, but Iran is not a threat to the United States [“Iran could wipe out the U.S.” Opinion, Aug. 17]. It knows that any nuclear attack would result in fatal retaliation. Iran’s interests are regional, not global.

Haas is fear-mongering because he, like all critics of the deal, has no alternatives. After nine years of negotiations, neither Iran nor the other nations are likely to come back to the table. The agreement is not perfect, and it’s silly to think any sovereign nation would submit to 24/7 inspections.

Twenty-five of the top nuclear scientists in the United States call the inspections protocol “stringent.” With no agreement, Iran is more likely to build a nuclear weapon, not less.

Tim Walsh, Seattle