Thursday, 8 May 2008

Iran: the diplomatic state of play

Given my spat earlier this week with hawkish neo-cons, it is worth keeping a track of the diplomatic state of play with regard to Iran. There is still no likely deal on uranium enrichment with Iran which it holds to be non-negotiable. Trust between the 5+1 (US, China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany) seems to be very low but at least there is a negotiation of sorts. Ultimately, Iran has a long way to move before an acceptable settlement is achieved with the international community that ceases its activities designed to destabilise Iraq, its continuing and unsanctioned uranium enrichment programme, and its overall negative role in Middle East security.

Perhaps it will take a new US administration early next year to unlock the deadlock. But while there is genuine dialogue.....there is no need to resort to irresponsible sabre-rattling a la Madame Clinton (the former Democratic Presidential nominee?)

Iran offers nuclear deal

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