Iran wants to talk about not stopping its nuke program

David Ignatius:

The title of the two-page Iranian document is "Gentlemen's Agreement." In convoluted English, it lists 11 points of understanding supposedly reached in September between Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani and his European counterpart, Javier Solana, on a temporary, partial, not-quite suspension of uranium enrichment.

What's interesting isn't the purported agreement -- Solana's spokeswoman, Cristina Gallach, insists there wasn't one -- but the fact that the Iranians are circulating the document and signaling through various channels that they want to restart dialogue. Indeed, when Larijani met Solana in Munich this month, "he expressed the willingness to resume talks to prepare final negotiations," according to a source close to Solana.

"We're getting pinged all over the world by Iranians wanting to talk to us," Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns said in an interview yesterday. The problem, says Burns, is that the Iranians haven't yet said the "magic word," which is that they will actually suspend enrichment in exchange for the suspension of U.N. sanctions.

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The talks are an attempt to persuade the world to let them develop their nukes, not to stop developing nuclear weapons. They are an attempt to buy time from a world that shrinks from taking effective action and the con job is working for the most part. As long as they claim they want to have dialog with us about doing what they want to do anyway, the liberals will resist doing anything to stop them, which permits Iran to have the gift of time to produce the neclear weapons to blackmail the world with. The bad faith is transparent, but the clouds of self induced delusion continue.

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