Friday, May 30, 2008

U.S.-Iran regional power plays shift..

"...Iran's 'axis of resistance' may seem ascendant, but new chances for peace could redefine game in US's favor?..." Iran was willing to start talks on issues from its nuclear program to a "just peace … in regions that suffer from instability, militarism, violence, and terrorism," according to an unofficial translation. Iran would cooperate to "assist the Palestinian people to find a comprehensive plan" that was "sustainable, democratic, and fair" – effectively a peace deal with Israel, without using either word in the text.
"It's a significant departure in foreign policy. I think they are serious," says a political scientist in Tehran, who asked not to be named."This is part of an overall approach that may be a prelude … to show the next president that Iran could be worked with,"

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