Nov 08, 2013

According to mainstream media sources, John Kerry actually is making it somewhere in the peace talks with Iran, and saying some pretty harsh – but true – things about Israel in the process. Apparently, the U.S. has offered to cease the crippling sanctions on the Iranian regime in return for Iran freezing its’ nuclear program.

iran-sanctions-U.S.-nuclear-deal-john-kerry-According to CNS News:

On the eve of a new round of talks over Iran’s nuclear programs, a senior Obama administration official confirmed that the negotiating powers are “prepared to offer limited, targeted, and reversible sanctions relief” in return for an unspecified “first step agreed to by Iran that halts their program from advancing further.”
And according to the Guardian:

A senior US state department official said: “Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday at the invitation of EU high representative Ashton in an effort to help narrow differences in negotiations.”

It was not clear if his British counterpart, William Hague, was also considering attending the talks.

Speaking during a break in the talks, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said it was quite possible that the agreement would be finished by the end of Friday, but that much would rely on the contribution of western diplomats.

“Depending on what they put on paper with us, we can decide whether it’s a major deal or a small step in the right direction. I hope its more than a small step in the right direction, but I’ll be happy if we move in the right direction,” Zarif said.

While Kerry and Ashton play footsie with the Iranians, Israel is crying foul over Iran’s recent war game scenario they depicted in a documentary that aired on Iranian state TV:

The hour-long documentary program included segments about the capabilities of Iranian missiles and the possibility of their use in response to foreign threats. The program included a video simulation of a potential response by Iran to an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities.

Iran, if it really is interested in peace, shouldn’t be putting out propaganda like this, because it only stirs up even more anti-Iranian sentiment among the Israeli population and their neoconservative counterparts here in the U.S.. It was extremely inflammatory and unwise to make this documentary, and let’s hope the Iranian government starts to wake up to this fact.

I sincerely hope that things continue to look good for peace talks, and that Israel won’t screw things up for the rest of the world like they have in the past. Iran also needs to play nice, and hopefully Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will stop screwing around too and take this process seriously. Maybe we can still avert World War III, if we all want to enough.