"... Despite those moves, fears of a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran this year have clearly receded, especially since all sides left the last P5+1 meeting in Istanbul Apr. 14 seemingly satisfied with the seriousness of the exchanges and guardedly optimistic that a diplomatic solution could yet be achieved.
The meeting's success was made possible by signalling on both sides of their readiness to make concessions on key issues: on Tehran's part, by stating explicitly that it could halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, transfer its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium out of the country, and accept greater scrutiny by international weapons inspectors under the right circumstances; on Washington's, by stating more clearly than ever that it could accept Iran's continued uranium enrichment of up to five percent under the right circumstances.
Whether the "right circumstances" can be accommodated by all sides, of course, will determine the ultimate success or failure of the negotiations.
Meanwhile, however, those voices, both here and in Israel, that have been most disdainful of the diplomatic route and most insistent that only military action can dispose of the alleged threat posed by Iran's nuclear programme have found themselves increasingly on the defensive since tensions reached a peak in early March... (Continue, here)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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