Talks w Iran Failed
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday May 30, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Last week Iran met with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, the 5+1 as they are called. They met in Baghdad, Iraq.
After two days of meetings they concluded that they would meet again. This time they would meet in June, in Moscow.
Everyone assumed that the decision to meet again illustrated that the meeting in Baghdad was a success. But now more details are emerging.
The Obama administration was hoping that the small group pseudo secret meetings that have been taking place over the past five months would bear their fruit at this meeting. When asked, Jalili, the
Iranian head negotiator, said he had no knowledge of the meetings.
The Americans tried to shake his memory. Remember the Paris meetings with Dr Ali Bagheri, Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. And remember the Vienna dialogue with Hassan Rahani. Jalili said he had no idea what they were talking about and that this discussion started from square one.
This was a major blunder by the US and by the 5+1. They let Iran waste months of their time. Ana all the while the US thought that there was progress. Call it wishful thinking, diplomacy style.
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