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Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks: Expect Rope-a-Dope Diplomacy
Posted By James Phillips On October 11, 2010 @ 11:00 am In International | Comments Disabled
Iran’s embattled regime Saturday announced  that it is ready to resume talks about Iran’s illicit nuclear activities, which have triggered four rounds of U.N. sanctions. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that “We think late October or early November will be an appropriate date for the talks by the representatives of Iran and 5+1 countries,” (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany). The U.N.-sponsored talks had stalled last October after Tehran rejected an offer to exchange some of its low enriched uranium stocks for more highly enriched uranium fuel for its research reactor.
The Obama Administration, like a jilted lover, immediately indicated its willingness to resume  its diplomatic courtship: “If Iran is ready to hold talks, all they need to do is pick up the phone and set a date,” U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
Although the Obama Administration is ever ready to engage in more diplomacy, a resumption of the talks is unlikely to produce much in the way of concrete results. Tehran long has been willing to talk, but has refused to make any concessions. Tehran’s diplomatic rope-a-dope strategy  always has relied heavily on coy promises of fruitful dialogue that soon decay into diplomatic globaloney.
Tehran hopes that dilatory diplomacy may help create the illusion of progress and forestall future sanctions, buying time for advancing its uranium enrichment efforts. But Iran’s nuclear program also has been beset by defections  and the introduction of a mysterious computer virus . Iranian officials have played down the problems and claim that the delay  in starting up the nuclear power reactor at Bushehr was caused by “a small leak” and not a computer virus.
Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear program, acknowledged the activities  of “nuclear spies” but claimed that the regime had arrested several Iranians who had been paid by western intelligence agencies to reveal Iran’s nuclear secrets. He also indicated Iran had taken action to protect its nuclear program from cyber-sabotage.
Meanwhile, Iran’s surrogate terrorist group in Lebanon, Hezbollah, today called for  its supporters to turn out at a giant rally next week to greet President Ahmadinejad on his October 13-14 visit to Lebanon. The Iranian leader has said that he will tour Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, a highly provocative act in view of his repeated statements calling for Israel’s destruction. Iran’s future plans undoubtedly will be signaled more accurately by Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon than by another round of diplomatic posturing.
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 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/Bushehr.jpg
 Saturday announced: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101009/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear_8
 willingness to resume: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101009/wl_nm/us_iran_nuclear_talks_3
 rope-a-dope strategy: http://www.foundry.org/2010/04/22/iran%e2%80%99s-diplomatic-rope-a-dope-strategy/
 defections: http://www.foundry.org/2010/07/15/shahram-amiri-international-man-of-mystery/
 mysterious computer virus: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101003/wl_mideast_afp/iranitcomputerstuxnet_20101003134618
 claim that the delay: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6931EH20101004
 acknowledged the activities: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101009/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iran_nuclear
 today called for: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.0a5547ed475383a1eb29e2f28ba44931.7d1&show_article=1
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