Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greeted the day before the beginning of the high profile P5+1 talks with Iran is Istanbul the way US officials so often have, by threatening yet more sanctions that will likely undermine what little good will remains.
Officially everyone (except the US) seems to be going into the talks filled with optimism, and with pledges that the serious deals which have eluded all the previous discussions will suddenly crop up this time.
Privately though, it doesn’t seem that anyone really believes the talks will accomplish much of anything, beyond giving each participant a chance to blame someone else for the inevitable failure.
The Obama Administration is going into the talks with even more onerous demands than the ones which were rejected previously, and Iranian officials still aren’t considering the abandonment of their civilian program. Those two positions leave no serious room for negotiation between them, and it is expected that the talks will fairly quickly break down, as they did in Geneva.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Car Bombs Hit Mosque in Libya's Benghazi, Killing Dozens - January 23rd, 2018
- Turkey Arrests Scores for Opposing Invasion of Syria - January 23rd, 2018
- Turkey Claims to Have Killed 260 Fighters in Syria's Afrin District - January 23rd, 2018
- Pentagon-Funded Afghan Units Involved in Gross Human Rights Abuses - January 23rd, 2018
- US Claims to Kill 150 ISIS Fighters in East Syria Airstrike - January 23rd, 2018