Agenda for US-Iran Talks

The US and Iran announced that the US ambassador to Iraq will meet with the Iranian ambassador to Iraq to discuss Iraqi security and cooperation.

The US and Iran announced that the US ambassador to Iraq will meet with the Iranian ambassador to Iraq to discuss Iraqi security and cooperation. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini stated: "Tehran has agreed to hold negotiations with Washington to relieve pain and suffering of the Iraqi people, support and strengthen the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and stabilize security and peace in that country."

The US-Iran negotiations are intended to be limited to the Iraqi arena and not focus on Iran's nuclear project or use of Resistance Network.

US-Iran negotiations limited to the stabilization of Iraq indicate a difference in US and Israeli priorities vis-à-vis Iran:

  • The stability of Iraq and the success of the Iraqi government is America's number one priority vis-à-vis Iran. A freezing of the nuclear crisis is also a priority; however, the international community may be willing to accept a temporary freeze of Iran's uranium enrichment program in the near-term. As it seems now, US-Iran negotiations on Iraq may not prevent a nuclear Iran or stop Resistance Network activity against Israel in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.

  • Israel's priorities vis-à-vis Iran are to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear power as well as to stop the Resistance Network in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.

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