Will convincing Iran work?

Posted: April 9, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Iran, US
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Barak ObamaThere is nothing more important than trying to convince Iran to cease its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon.” – Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, April 9th, 2009.

Obama administration officials will attend ‘group talks’ regarding Iran’s nuclear program, according to news reports. Apparently, the ‘group’ would include Iran, thus making negotiations between current US administration and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmedinejad direct:

The Obama administration said Wednesday it will participate directly in group talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, another significant shift from President George W. Bush’s policy toward a nation he labeled part of an axis of evil.

The State Department said the United States would be at the table “from now on” when senior diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany meet with Iranian officials to discuss the nuclear issue. The Bush administration had generally shunned such meetings, although it attended one last year.

“If Iran accepts, we hope this will be the occasion to seriously engage Iran on how to break the logjam of recent years and work in a cooperative manner to resolve the outstanding international concerns about its nuclear program,” Wood said.

Wood said the administration wants a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear issue and believes that requires “a willingness to engage directly with each other.” He added that “we hope that the government of Iran chooses to reciprocate.”

The invitation is to be sent to the Iranians by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. No time frame was given for a date of the meeting.

We already have an example of ‘persuading’ terrorism to stop: Palestinian terror groups Fatah and Hamas, who fight Israel to this day, after latter gave up territories, firearms, and monies. Yet, Obama wants ‘persuasion’ again. It is unclear what leverage Obama’s office will use to ‘convince’ Iran to stop developing alleged nuclear weapons – after all, asking nicely would probably not work.

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