While I'm munching on my lunch, let me explain why the most recent nuclear talks with Iran are doomed to failure. There is a pattern here that just can't be ignored, of the US deliberately raising the bar, moving goalposts, and imposing demandst that it knows will be rejected by Iran. The point, you see, is not to actually engage Iran in any sort of substantive dialog, but to give the US an opportunity to say "Hey we tried diplomacy and the Iranians ruined it." So, as usuall, we have the US imposing demands on Iran even before any negotiations start, with no prospect that the US can ever provide anything in return as a quid-pro-quo. In fact, as I had explained before, the Obama administration is simply not ABLE to give anything back to Iran since US sanctions are imposed mainly by Congress, and Congress isn't about to lift any sanctions in return for Iranian agreements to give up any part of their nuclear program.
So, there will be some dickering in the media as usual but eventually the negotiations will fail and the US/Israeli will naturally blame Iran...
Same old , same old.
The funny thing here is how some analysts - including Trita Parsi -- have started to blame all this on Iran, due to Khamenei's supposed refusal to compromise. Parsi goes as far as to suggest that Iran is trying to impose terms of capitulation on the US which is simply ridiculous -- is it Iran that is demanding that the US give up a sovereign legal right? No. It is also particularly interesting since Trita himself wrote about the 2003 comprehensive peace offer that Iran offered but was spurned by Washington. Nevermind the other repeated Iranian nuclear compromise offers which were made since then that were consistently ignored. Even former IAEA director Elbaradei noted this:
“They weren’t interested in a compromise with the government in Tehran, but regime change – by any means necessary.
And nothing's changed. So don't hold your breath, these talks will also "fail". The entire nuclear issue is, after all, just a pretext.