The Iran Kabuki Dance

by Patrick Appel

NIAC parses Iran's response to Obama's call for renewed talks:

[It] seems less than certain that Iran is willing to accept the invitation as it was presented to them, and instead would prefer to develop its own package to discuss.  This happened in previous rounds of negotiations, in which both sides presented their own version of a plan to the other, and ignored the other’s requests for a response.  The result was that both sides waited for the other to respond to their proposal, and talks stalled for nearly two years.