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The US Wants To Isolate (Yet Talk With) Iran

From the frozen north’s Globe And Mail:

Isolate Iran, Bush says

Country’s nuclear program three years from developing warhead, says UN


May 25, 2007

WASHINGTON — U.S. President George W. Bush wants Russian and Chinese help tightening the screws on Tehran’s ruling mullahs in an effort to stop Iran from tipping its formidable arsenal of missiles with nuclear warheads.

“Iran with a nuclear weapon would be incredibly destabilizing for the world,” Mr. Bush said yesterday, a day after the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran might be only three years away from building a warhead.

The President wants to prevent Iran – one of the original three “axis of evil” powers in Mr. Bush’s view – from acquiring nuclear weapons but has relied so far on concerted international pressure through United Nations sanctions rather than issuing any direct threats to the Islamic regime in Tehran.

At a Rose Garden news conference, Mr. Bush said he would seek support for “further sanctions” from Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

These leaders have got to understand … it’s in their interests that we work collaboratively to continue to isolate that regime,” he said…

And yet the US is commencing talks with Iran tomorrow.

From those enablers of terror at Reuters:

U.S., Iran to hold rare talks on Iraq violence

By Ross Colvin

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. and Iranian officials will hold rare talks in Baghdad on Monday to discuss security in Iraq, where Washington accuses Tehran of stoking violence.

The meeting between U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker and his counterpart Hassan Kazemi-Qomi marks a reversal by Washington, which broke ties with Iran in 1980 and has largely sought to isolate the Islamic Republic in recent years.

Iran’s nuclear programme, which Washington believes to be a bid for developing atomic weapons under cover of generating electricity, will not be discussed.

Iraq, which says it does not want to become a battleground for the two old foes, welcomed Monday’s meeting.

“I think it is a positive development. We should encourage it and build on it. This is just the beginning of the process,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.

Iraqi officials will also attend the meeting, the location of which has not been disclosed.

The talks come two days after Tehran said it had uncovered Western spy networks on its territory and as a flotilla of U.S. Navy warships holds war games on Iran’s doorstep in the Gulf…

Somehow I think it is a waste of breath.

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