[home][about][contact] [getting involved] [Educational][Academic] [Media Watch][Views]
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on Wednesday criticized the European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton, who acts as a middle -man between Iran and the P5+1, for dragging her feet in setting up smaller meetings with deputies and experts in between the major talks. In a letter to Ashton’s office, Jalili said, “The other side’s delay in holding meetings between deputies and experts put into question their determination to hold positive negotiations in Moscow. ››read more
In the near term, the United States faces a fateful choice whether to impose extraterritorial (and, hence, blatantly illegal) secondary sanctions against China for its ongoing purchases of Iranian oil. ››read more
Ahead of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow, the West seems confident that sanctions will induce Iran to settle on its uranium enrichment. But rather than arriving at a negotiated settlement by applying the principle of reciprocity, the West may look to anaesthetize oil markets. ››read more
Editor's note: Ambassador Peter Jenkins is a former British diplomat who worked on the Iranian nuclear issue when ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (2001-06).
Two days of talks between the world powers and Iran in Baghdad late last month produced few tangible results, save an agreement to continue for another round set in Moscow, due to start on June 17. On Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said his organization would meet with Iran on June 8. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spoke with Kaveh L Afrasiabi in an exclusive interview for Asia Times Online. ››read more