Analysis: Why Iran’s rejection of uranium enrichment restrictions is cleverer than it looks

The hawks were gleeful when Iran announced it would no longer respect restrictions on uranium enrichment on Sunday.

“Another good day,” former White House security advisor John Bolton wrote on Twitter. Final proof, he said, that Iran had ditched the 2015 agreement Donald Trump’s administration controversially pulled out of last year. 

But that is not entirely – or even remotely – true.

Iran’s latest rejection of the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement is actually more cautious and much more diplomatically shrewd than Mr Bolton claims. 

And that is important not only for arms control wonks. 

It also says a lot about the instincts that guide the Islamic Republic’s decision makers, and will probably…