May 24, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - According to Iran's state run Fars news agency, the West has "softened," its position as a result of its engagement via multilateral talks with the G5 + 1 nations - the 5 permanent members of the U.N. Security Council the, United States, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany. [see, West Softens Tone on Iran's Proposals, http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9102113385]
"Speaking to FNA after a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton in Baghdad tonight, Jalili said, 'The stance of the G5+1 on Iran's proposed package softened after today's talks.'"
Aside from Iran's claim that the Western position had been weakened during negotiations, the talks broke up with little agreement between the participating nations.
Though all parties gave lip service to the notion that the process of "building trust" had begun, there was nothing of substance produced to substantiate such spin. The fact that the talks were even being held with Iran seemed more a sign of concession than an indication of progress. Thus the Islamic theocracy has at least established a basis [though weak] for its claim of Western weakening, giving the appearance that the Mullocracy had gained some leverage at the expense of the G5+1.
As has been standard practice when dealing with Iran, this latest effort ended - predictably - on a sour note, when G5 + 1 representatives brought the question of the Iranian nuclear program to the table. This seemed to provoke [feigned or real] alarm on the part of the Iranian team leaving the diplomats with nothing to show for the two day affair.
With Ayatollah Khamenei declaring - in the face of undeniable evidence to the contrary - that nuclear weapons are a "sin," [see, http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/nuclear-weapons-are-a-sin-says-irans-ayatollah-ali-khamenei] how this process could move forward with any genuine hope for a break though remains unclear.
As in most things diplomatic, as long as the talking goes on, the individuals involved will happily remain "hopeful" despite "complications.", no matter their severity. With that in mind it does seem that Iran has scored a few points in this constant jockeying for position, while the real difficulty, Iran's rapidly approaching capacity to not only construct, but deliver nuclear weaponry, remains to be addressed.
This does have all the appearance of a cynical process undertaken entirely for the sake of public relations. It also demonstrates, that pretend negotiations will always yield pretend results.
Meanwhile Israel prepares for war as her former allies slowly drift away, ever chipping away at the Jewish state's moral authority to conduct military operations against a mortal threat. This putts forth the false impression that Iran is reasonable and willing to bargain away its version of the Holy Grail, when neither appears to be the case.
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