NEW YORK (AFP) - Reinvigorated negotiations in Europe this week about
Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program will be shadowed in parallel by a determined US drive to ready a list of sanctions to impose on Tehran if diplomacy fails.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will have a strengthened mandate from the major powers when he meets with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani for the latest in a series of negotiating sessions.
The talks are aimed at getting Iran to accept a package of economic and diplomatic incentives -- including the first direct diplomatic contacts with the US in 27 years -- in exchange for suspending a uranium enrichment program that the West fears is aimed at producing nuclear arms.
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It is sad and very unfortunate that Iran has decided that the deaths of its people are worth it as long as they have a nuclear weapon and can destroy Israel.
This has been going back and forth for the past year or so and Iran has repeatedly and gleefully condemned your country and the country of Israel saying that it should be “wiped off the map” and that the Holocaust didn’t happen.
It is very obvious to me and anyone who has a brain that we are headed to war with Iran and the only thing that can stop it is for Iran to completely halt henceforth its nuclear enrichment program.
The president of Iran has gone out of his way to strengthen his ties with the crazy dictator from Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who in his own right is a proud leftist and an avid America hater.
Iran has made it very clear that they under no circumstances will they ever shut down their nuclear enrichment program, which is the main request of the international community and they United States.
President Bush has stated that a nuclear Iran is not acceptable and that he will not allow it to happen.
I am very glad he feels that way because I have no doubt believing that if Iran had the opportunity they would love to attack our troops in Iraq.
They are already sending money and equipment for IED’s which are killing our troops all over Baghdad and the country.
Iran supports terrorism in Hezbollah and there have been rumors that Iran started the conflict with Israel as a way to show the world the power they have and that they are able to destabilize the region.
It is also my belief that they instigated the conflict as a way to distract the world from its nuclear enrichment program.
I do not believe sanctions will work, but that is next on the list of actions to take and we must try to resolve this without a loss of life of our troops.