Analysis

U.S. Offers Iran “Freebie” at Nuclear Talks
Multilateral talks held in Istanbul with representatives of Iran to discuss its nuclear program, April 14, 2012. (TOLGA ADANALI/AFP/Getty Images)
April 16, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Despite widespread media hype that significant progress was made at the recent talks with Iran on its nuclear program, very little was accomplished. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the conference gave Iran a “freebie,” meaning more time to pursue nuclear weapons without limitations or restrictions. The most significant achievement was Iran agreeing to meet again next month to discuss giving up its nuclear program. The end result is that the United States risks further alienating Israel while Iran continues to pursue its nuclear weapons program.

Major world powers met with Iran on April 14 in Istanbul to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, described the talks as “very successful” and a White House spokesperson praised Iran's “positive attitude.” All sides agreed to meet again on May 23 in Baghdad. It is unclear what Iran promised to do in the interim.

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