IRAN TALKS – Will US Squander Leverage?
Excellent report offered by Michael Singh the managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Here’s an excerpt from that report:
“The United States holds a strong bargaining position going into Friday’s scheduled nuclear talks with Iran. An Israeli military attack seems imminent. U.S.- and European Union-led sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports are wreaking havoc on the Iranian economy. And yet, despite these massive pressures on the Iranian regime, it is not Tehran but the United States that is signalingthat it is prepared to make concessions — setting the stage for Washington’s unprecedented leverage to be squandered.
“The United States and its Western allies reportedly plan to demand that Iran suspend its higher-level enrichment activities, a position Secretary of State Hillary Clinton previewed in comments to the press April 1. The New York Times, citing American and European diplomats, also reported this weekend that Washington plans to insist that Iran close its Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is buried beneath a mountain near the holy city of Qom…”
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