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Realists urge Bush to drop Iran precondition

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # One Comment

Jim Lobe at Antiwar: Two of Washington’s most prominent foreign policy graybeards praised Saturday’s direct participation in multinational talks with Iran by a senior U.S. diplomat but called on the administration of President George W. Bush to drop his demands that Tehran freeze its uranium enrichment program as a precondition for broader negotiations. Retired Gen. […]

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Perception Management: US Rep. Seeks to Ban PressTV

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 3 Comments

Gus Bilirakis (R) sponsored House Resolution 1308 to ban Iran’s PressTV and al-Alam as terrorist organizations.  PressTV has the story: US Rep. seeks to blacklist Press TV Tue, 22 Jul 2008 20:50:22 A US lawmaker is seeking to extend a previously-proposed resolution which labels several TV channels as terrorist and include Press TV. The US […]

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Ahmadinejad Says Undersecretary Burns Showed “Respect” Toward Iran

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 4 Comments

Ahmadinejad according to Radio Free Europe: “Their representative in the meeting spoke politely and in a dignified way and he kept respect for the Iranian nation and this was a positive step.” Addressing Washington, he added, “You have taken a positive step toward recognizing the right of the Iranian nation, toward justice, toward repairing [America’s] […]

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Were the negotiations a serious attempt at diplomacy?

Irancove @ July 23, 2008 # 2 Comments

The Real News interviews Babak Yektafar of Washington Prism, who thinks the Iranians are viewing the negotiations in a more optimistic light with regards to future diplomacy. While acknowledging that talks are a step in the right direction, Yektafar thinks that the efforts made by Washington (appearance of Undersecretary Burns in Geneva) were mostly insincere. […]

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