Can we just bomb them already and get this all over with. There is zero chance these talks are going to go anywhere and all they are doing is giving Iran more time to build a nuke.
Iran's foreign minister raised new doubts Wednesday about the resumption of international talks over its disputed nuclear program, saying the location may not be Turkey — as previously agreed — and suggested Iraq and China as possible alternate hosts.
The statement by the foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, was made a little more than a week before the talks between Iran and the so-called P5-plus-1 countries — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, which are the five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany — are to take place. A change of location on such short notice, especially for such a charged diplomatic negotiation, seemed at the least to represent another complication.
Other Iranian officials quoted in the country's state-run press had expressed irritation in recent days about the choice of Turkey, apparently angry with the Turks' stance on two other big issues: the anti-government uprising in Syria and the proposed NATO missile shield designed to thwart Iranian missiles, in which Turkey, a NATO member, is participating.
One of those officials, Mohsen Rezaii, the secretary of the Expediency Council, an advisory group to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had even suggested Syria as a possible choice, which was bound to be rejected by at least the Western members of the P5-plus-1 group, who have called Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, unfit to rule.
Mr. Salehi, who publicly endorsed the choice of Turkey just a few weeks ago, is the most senior Iranian leader to suggest other locations.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Talks with Iran are already a Farce
Despite not having even begun yet, there is a certain farcical quality about the upcoming talks with Iran. Iran is already talking about changing the venue to either Iraq, China or, wait for it, Syria! You just can't make this crap up: