Iran Nuke Talks – The Essentials

talks between the P5+1 and Iran open in Istanbul this weekend. The Atlantic’s Robert Wright has done a pretty good job of boiling down all the speculation, analysis and reccycling going on down to four big questions. I think the biggest hurdle may be Fordo.

In an interview with IPS, Reza Marashi, who worked in the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs from 2006 to 2010, said, “If the demand for Fordow’s closure is non-negotiable, the talks will likely fail.”

As yet we’ve no obvious answer to that “if”, but it worries me. The consequence of failing to jaw-jaw this time is war-war.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • …and it will take belief by the players on both sides that: a) the Iranians will work, over time, within the bounds of what is possible for them towards the closure of the facility (or the de facto defanging of it, but more likely the closing) and b) it is in Iranian ultimate interests to work towards this. It will notably be somewhat more difficult to do – particularly on the American side – if Congress and the Majlis fail to do the smart thing and shut the fuck up.

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