Fmr. Ambassador Pickering: Iran, Istanbul and the future

In Iran, the Supreme Leader re-issued his fatwa, which dates back at least to 2003, calling nuclear weapons haram, or "not permitted," for Muslims at least and styling them for the first time as a "cardinal sin." This pronouncement was complemented by guarded praise on his website for Obama's speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the reissuance of a book on negotiations surrounding events affecting Shi'ism in the eighth century; the ... Full Story »

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by Patricia L'Herrou - Apr. 24, 2012

this former ambassador analyzes what he knows of what occurred at the meeting in istanbul regarding iran's nuclear developments. his statements are direct, and nuanced, with understanding of the many factors of the delicate balance between seeing resolution possible but without commitments from either point of view for what may come next. the u.s. is clearly shown to have a large role in what messages the president sends in the future. the piece does not offer any other sources for his analysis.

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