The United States and five other powers invited Iran on Wednesday to a meeting on its nuclear program after Washington dropped its opposition to direct talks with Tehran in a major change of policy.
The United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain said in a statement they would ask European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to invite Tehran to the talks to find “a diplomatic solution to this critical issue.”
Breaking with past U.S. policy of shunning direct talks with Iran, President Barack Obama’s administration said the United States would join in nuclear discussions with Iran from now on.
“We strongly urge Iran to take advantage of this opportunity to engage seriously with all of us in a spirit of mutual respect,” the six powers said after a meeting of senior diplomats in London.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would be a “full participant” in major power talks with Iran.
“Obviously we believe that pursuing very careful engagement on a range of issues that affect our interests and the interests of the world with Iran makes sense. There is nothing more important than trying to convince Iran to cease its efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton told reporters in Washington.
Truly, most of the article is Big Power agitprop. I imagine that will remain as a continuous drone until [and if] Obama manages to make qualitative changes to U.S. foreign policy. As most Third World and developing nations well know, there generally is no essential difference between conservative and liberal governments in the White House once you cross that border outside the United States.
President Obama has figured out how to dazzle the TV talking heads with centrist verbiage and politics that function left of whatever is center in the U.S., this week. Who knows? Maybe he’ll change the State Department/CIA/NSA endless loop into something productive?