Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Iran, P5+1 Meet in Geneva

Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator Saeed Jalili (l.) and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton Entering the Talks

P5+1 Delegation. US Undersecretary of State William Burns Seated in the Middle

The talks between Iran and the six major powers (P5+1) recessed Monday and will resume in a second session on Tuesday. There were low expectations before the talks began, and early reports from Monday’s session indicate that both sides repeated their positions with no immediate compromise in sight.

The West seeks an end to Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Iran would not even want to discuss such outcome. A compromise in which Iran transfers substantial amount of its low enriched uranium abroad in return for higher enriched nuclear fuel to run its research reactor remains as the only hope, although it looks increasingly out of reach.

Nevertheless, the atmosphere prevailing in the meeting yesterday was described as very positive by a number of participants. If today’s session goes well, the two sides would resume their talks early next year in Turkey.

Photos: Reuters and Getty Images / Fars News Agency


Pablo said...


Wouldn't you say that the talks went well for Iran and not the West? If Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, anytime they are able to buy more time, they win, no? Of course, if they are not pursuing a nuclear weapon, then none of this matters anyway.

Nader Uskowi said...


You are right on the money. The big elephant in the room is the weapons program. If Iran is pursuing it, then their strategy here is working flawlessly. Buy time, build the weapons and their delivery systems.

If Iran is not pursuing the weapons program, however, then everything it has done in the past five years were the biggest foreign policy blunders. But they are very intelligent people, aren't they? Hard to believe they commit such colossal mistakes.

Anonymous said...

almost no coverage, which is a good sign for Iran.

Go Iran go

Anonymous said...

Myself, I'm more inclined to believe the 2007 NIE on Iran that stated with reasonable certainty that Iran did not possess a current nuclear weapons program.

A newer NIE contesting those findings has not been brought forward.

Perhaps this nuclear dispute is a pretext on the part of the West, as some have argued all along? If so, that would actually be a more reasonable explanation than a "colossal mistake" on the part of the Iranians. And weren't the Iranians willing to forgo their nuclear program back in 2003, but the US ignored that faxed offer to the Swiss embassy? How do you explain that one without an explanation of this dispute being a pretext?

Anonymous said...

Anyone familiar with the Iranian "nuclear file" knows full well that the ship has sailed as Iran has mastered the complete nuclear cycle. The US and the so-called "west" is hardly in a position to do much about it, considering their economic and military bankruptcy. The Zionists have barked for well over two decades with hollow threats of "bombing" Iran and then ran with their tail between their legs when the cruch time came when Iran crossed the "threshold" sometime in 2008. The Zionist failure in Lebanon and US disasters in Iraq and Af-Pak exposed the hollowness of their military boasts. Taking on Iran, a nation of 80 million, integrated with the Asian and Chinese economies, with a potent military retaliatory capability, bristling new medium to intermediate range missiles, capable of hitting most of Europe is beyond the pale of US and Zionists. Iran called their bluff and as expected and won the day- Carpe Diem.

These "talks" are just face saving for the US and EU as Iran has no intention of compromising on its legitimate rights. The "western" thugs will have to work out a modus-vivendi with Iran or face total collapse in the region.