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Most Americans Believe Iran Is Building a Nuclear Weapon
March 23 | The Harris Poll
Wall Street Journal – A large majority of Americans believe Iran is using its uranium research program to build a nuclear weapon, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll.
About 85% of Americans say the U.S. “should be concerned” about Iran’s nuclear research activities, according to the telephone survey of 2,435 U.S. adults. And 70% say they think Iran is using its research to build a nuclear weapon, the poll shows, while another 25% say they aren’t sure.
Most Americans need to read Arms Control Wonk, to get the real picture. That’s what I think.
Security Council Fails To Reach Accord on Iran
Colum Lynch | United Nations | March 21
WaPo – The Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany failed to reach agreement at a meeting Monday on how to respond to the Iranian nuclear crisis but said they would forge ahead in the coming days to break the impasse.
The deadlock comes as U.S. and European officials confirmed that Britain had presented the United States with a paper outlining a possible diplomatic strategy to resolve the crisis, including new talks and concessions. But the British representative at Monday’s talks, John Sawers, said Britain had not made such a proposal at the meeting.
Rice: Iran ‘terror’s central bank’
Sydney | March 16
AP – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday urged Iran to resume negotiations over its nuclear program, while also calling the country a central banker for terrorism.
Rice was speaking after meeting her Australian counterpart Alexander Downer for talks that covered topics including Iraq, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Indonesia’s development and the recent nuclear deal between Washington and India.
Rice steps up rhetoric against ”˜troubled state’ Iran
Sundeep Tucker in Sydney and Andrew Yeh in Beijing | March 16
FT – Condoleezza Rice on Thursday raised the diplomatic temperature over the nuclear stand-off with Iran, accusing the country of lying about its activities and again calling it a ”œcentral banker to terrorism”.
The US secretary of state was speaking in Sydney at the start of a three-day official visit to Australia, which will include talks with Canberra and Japan over the vexed Iranian issue.
Iran ready for direct talks with US on Iraq
Gareth Smyth and Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran | March 16
FT – Ali Larijani, Iran’s top security official, said on Thursday that Iran was ready for direct talks with the US over the security situation in Iraq.
Mr Larijani was responding to Wednesday’s call for ”œdialogue” between Tehran and Washington from Abd al-Aziz Hakim, leader of Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution, in Iraq and a long-term ally of Tehran.