Iran's LAST chance.
Six powers launch groundbreaking nuclear talks with Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report
July 19, 2008, 5:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
EU's Javier Solana with Iran's Saeed Jalili
The presence of America’s third-ranking diplomat William Burns elevated the talks between the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany and Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili begun in Geneva Saturday, July 19 to a more serious level. Ahead of the meeting, a senior official in Tehran restated that suspension was “out of the question.”
While Washington has stressed Burns is there to listen, not negotiate, DEBKAfile’s sources reported it will be clear to Iran that it has a chance to end its international isolation by accepting the incentives on offer to freeze uranium enrichment. This outcome would leave Israel out on a limb with the menaces posed directly by Iran and its allies, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas.
European Union executive Javier Solana, who staged the encounter, positioned the American official opposite the Iranian side to avoid a joint photograph.
On July 8, DEBKA-Net-Weekly and DEBKAfile’s analysts first disclosed the developments leading up to Washington’s decision to take part in the Geneva encounter. To read this report click HERE