Iranian Negotiations Stall As Both Sides Express Mistrust Of Each Other

A day after France moved to slow down the rush toward an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed during an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that the administration is not entering into negotiations with rose-colored glasses on.

“We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid. I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests of our country and of the globe,” Kerry said.

Some, however, are not confident that the parties involved in discussions are not placing a higher priority on simply getting a deal.

Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute issues a warning to diplomats that achieving any deal with Iran – even a bad one – can be worse than walking away with no deal.

“Deception is not hard when an adversary wants to be deceived. The West celebrated Rouhani’s phone call with Obama – never mind that on October 2, according to Iranian radio, Rouhani backtracked on his willingness to compromise in his own press conference back in Tehran. Diplomats applauded hints that Iran might close the underground nuclear facility in Fordo, never mind that the same day Western sources reported the possible concession, Iran’s nuclear chief ruled it out,” he writes.

Rouhani, who many cheered as a moderate, was busy ensuring he did not lose the hardliners in his own government. Speaking before the Iranian parliament, Rouhani declared, “We will not answer to any threat, sanction, humiliation or discrimination.”

“He did not elaborate on his reference to threats against Iran, but Netanyahu’s condemnation of the talks loomed large, as did the ideological resistance of Iranian conservatives to any mending of fences with the West,” reports Voice of America.

Simon Henderson, an analyst with the Washington Institute, examines the significance of talks on Iran’s nuclear program and ongoing negotiations.

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