The Iran File
The United States and five other world powers working on the Iran Nuclear File have agreed on the proposal that they will soon submit to Iran to encourage it to curtail its nuclear ambitions. Indira A.R. Lakshmanan of Bloomberg writes:
The amended proposal, agreed to in recent days by the six world powers involved in the negotiations, would be put on the table at the next round of talks with Iran, according to a U.S. official who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because Iran hasn’t yet seen the plan. The official described it as an updated proposal from the one discussed in Baghdad in May, and not a dramatic new plan or grand bargain to address all of the international community’s concerns at once.
The U.S. and its partners—France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany—are seeking to restart nuclear talks in a push to persuade the Persian Gulf state to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent levels, a potential intermediate step toward bomb-grade fissile material.
The revived negotiations are seen as the best hope for avoiding a military confrontation over Iran’s disputed program as soon as next year. The U.S., European allies and Israel accuse the Iranians of pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Iran says its program is for civilian energy and medical research. Several U.S. officials said the time is ripe for restarting talks in the aftermath of President Barack Obama’s re-election and several months before Iran’s presidential elections next June.These talks are in addition to ones between the IAEA and Iran over access to particular sites, in particular Parchin, the military complex. That the six major powers have agreed to the proposal is a good sign, and a major victory to show Iran that a united coalition of nations all agree on what has to be done. That Iran will view things in the same way is hard to predict. My optimistic side is inclined to believe that Iran will find a way to step back from its nuclear ambitions, while saving face, and the world, most notably the Israeli and the Iranian people, will breathe a collective sigh of relief.
You can read the rest of the article at [Bloomberg].