Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Iran nuclear talks: It's time to shut up

The nuclear talks between Iran and the so-called European three (EU-3 - Britain, France, and Germany) are due to resume May 23 in a crisis atmosphere filled with accusations and counter-accusations, with each side blaming the other for not sticking to the terms of their agreement signed in Paris last November.

Described as a "last ditch" effort to salvage the nearly two-year-old talks once characterized as a "landmark" in European diplomacy, Iran-EU-3 diplomacy has by all indications reached a critical threshold where it may actually be in the interests of both sides to discontinue it, at least within the present framework, or more accurately, lack of framework.

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