January 27, 2009
Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, has warned that Iran must meet U.N. Security Council demands to suspend uranium enrichment before any talks on its nuclear programme.
Hopefully, this continuation of the previous administration’s closing policy will not prevent the talks beginning. She told reporters that, “The dialogue and diplomacy must go hand in hand with a very firm message from the United States and the international community that Iran needs to meet its obligations as defined by the Security Council. And its continuing refusal to do so will only cause pressure to increase.”
This kind of approach could well encourage Iran to dig its toes in. Since when does the US meet all its obligations as defined by the Security Council? It also requires an unnecessary loss of face by the Iranian leaders.
Negotiations should open unconditionally and then both sides make goodwill gestures, the Iranians unilaterally deciding to suspend uranium enrichment.Author : Stanley Crossick