Glenn Kessler of the washington post has an article pretending to verify the truthfulness of a statement by Kkerry about how the US rejected a compromise proposal by Iran which was communicated to the US via the Swiss by fax.
there were multiple articles written about this event including in esquire http://www.esquire.com/features/iranbriefing1107#ixzz1d8woSqZM
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then the hardliners on Iran denied that this was anything to take seriously, and went as far as denying not only that it amounted to a peace proposal but also deny that entire event happened.
i'm sure the leveretts and others will have more to add but in the meantime i hope someone will put straight this claim that rouhani boasted about 'hoodwinking' the west in previous negotiations. kessler has decided to put his own spin on the history of events, ignoring for example what was going on during the eu3 negotiations with iran at the time including the fact that rouhani
came under extreme criticism for suspending iran's enrichment for so long while obtainin no benefits and ultimately being cheated by the eu3.
rouhani's defense as stated in his speech was to emphasise that iran did not abandon all of the nuclear program, and that while some aspects of it were indeed suspended -- as verified in the west -- other aspects were not suspended NOR WERE REQUIRED TO BE suspended under the terms of the very agreement itself.
Furthermore the fact that Rouhani emphasized that Iran would eventually continue enrichment is presented as some sort of proof of deception by Kessler -- in fact this had been made crystal clear in the negotiations with the EU3 from the get-go. Mousavian has specifically told the EU3, and Iran had made it perfectly clear, that giving up enrichment was "off the table" and that the suspension was temporary. This is well-known history.
So Rouhani was not "boasing about hoodwinking" anyone as Kessler claims, and this is obvious to anyone familiar with the history. I believe that Amb Jenkins has written on this specific point too but I can't access my computer right now
The claim that Iran had hoodwinked anyone in those talks, and promoting the idea that the Iranin 2003 faxed offer either did not exist or was not from Iran etc, is itself not accurate
and a spin on history. I look forward to seeing people's reactions to this supposed "fact checking" by Kessler.