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.