Skip to comments.US to hold talks with Iran with cliché mentality
Posted on 09/12/2009 5:51:23 PM PDT by americanophile
Despite speaking of a policy change in Washington, The United States says it will enter dialogue with Iran on the presumption that Tehran is after "ballistic nuclear weapons".
"I can assure that it's a topic that we'll bring up," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Saturday.
His comments come while Tehran has repeatedly said that its nuclear program is peaceful in nature and the UN nuclear watchdog in its latest report confirmed that the agency has been able to continue "to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran."
"The Iranians have responsibilities to the international community to walk away from their ballistic nuclear weapons program. That's what the focus from our side will be in these talks, and that's our goal," Gibbs said.
This is while US President Barack Obama had earlier vowed to engage Iran in diplomatic dialogue over its nuclear program without any preconditions. However, his administration has taken a stance against Iran's peaceful nuclear program signaling that Washington's politicians will attend the talks with their minds already made up.
Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday that "since the beginning of the Iranian nuclear case, Washington has misjudged the situation, drawn up a wrong strategy and tried to feed it to other states."
"By maneuvering on a deterrent strategy against Iran, the US is trying to take full control of the military power of regional states," he was quoted by the Iranian Labor News Agency as saying.
On Friday, however, the United States conceded that it would accept Iran's offer of wide-ranging talks with major powers and consider its recently submitted package of proposals.
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Wow - the Obama admin is “going to bring up” the issue of balistic nuclear weapons! Now that’s a forceful position!
Obama will sell out Amerika....
He will appologize to Iran.
Such a pathetic position. The administration admits that the Iranians are after nukes, but talks with them anyway, even though Iran has already taken discussion about that issue off the table. What the hell is the point? What are they going to talk about? This is like pretending Hitler didn’t have territorial ambitions and flying off to Germany to discuss other issues. Unreal.
I think you're right. As my friends would say, time for "direct action."