Discussion: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

  • Nov 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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A new president in Iran has given indications of winding down nuclear research. Is this genuine willingness or simply a temporary tactic in presence of crippling sanctions? In either case how should the negotiations proceed? Here's an in-depth look from a middle east think-tank. Please post in comments any other thoughtful article you might come across.

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  • Pat G.

    I'm not fond of the Washington Institute, as it has strong ties with AIPAC, one of the more harmful lobbyist groups in the country when it comes to foreign policy. The MEI has a nice presenter here on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b4aB83Itqo

    (Apologies for the late post; meant to post the link to this earlier but I forgot)

    November 13, 2013

  • Lee

    Unfortunately, I will be out of the country. So allow me to add my perspective here.

    Iran has a legitimate chip on their shoulder. Since democratically elected Mosaddeq was overthrown for threatening BP's oil interest, Iran has been nothing but a target for their natural resources.

    Why did more secular leaning Iran turn fundamentalist? Because the mosques was the place where the insurrection could grow.

    It wasn't until 6 months after the overthrow of the brutal and corrupt Shah in 1979, that the US embassy was overrun when the US took their puppet in for "medical reasons." A bad move on the Iranians' part perhaps, but not without provocation.

    Then Kissinger and Reagan negotiated holding off the release of the hostages until after the election. How was the illicit favor returned? The US pushes Iraq to attack Iran resulting in a bloody 8 year war that included the use of Iraqi chemical weapons made from Western capital goods and directed by US surveillance coordinates.

    November 8, 2013

    • Lee

      By 2001, relations with Iran were thawing, especially with a large young generation leaning towards the West, but the US calls Iran part of the axis of evil. Excellent way to cement the hardliners into place in Iran. You go George and Co.

      Since then, Iran has been under constant threat and actual attacks on their scientists, most likely by the Mossad and the US.

      Ever since 1979, the US policy has been regime change. Imagine any country in the world having that policy for the US. Further, Israel, constantly threatening attack, which many think is a veil to cover the continued West Bank land grab, has over 200 nuclear weapons and has never signed the NPT.

      So after Iraq without a defense to US Superpower is invaded and North Korea with nuclear weapons is not, wouldn't any sane Iranian want the defensive protection of nuclear weapons? After all, Iran and Persia has not invaded another country for over 400 years. Could the far more menacing US and Israel say the same thing?

      November 8, 2013

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