Baghdad Talks End in Deadlock

Luke 21:9-10: [Jesus said] "When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."

Iran complains in Baghdad that the nuclear negotiators “sound like the Israelis.” Iran refuses to curb their nuclear program. Once more, talks end in deadlock and Iran thinks they have bought more time to complete their exploration into nuclear power. The next “talks” are scheduled for June in Moscow.

The United Nations has uncovered evidence at an underground facility in Iran proving that Tehran is another step closer to arming nuclear missiles.

Diplomats told Associated Press, that the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency has found traces of uranium enriched up to 27 % at Iran’s Fordo enrichment plant. That is not high enough to be weapons grade, but is above Iran’s highest-known enrichment grade of 20% which already can be turned into weapons-grade material.

The United States Senate has now approved even tougher sanctions on Iran for their failure to comply with international regulations and cooperate more fully in the U.N. talks. The sanctions are meant to cut into Tehran’s revenue by shutting down financial deals with Iran’s powerful state oil and tanker enterprises. Iran is also under several rounds of U.N. sanctions for its failure to disclose information on its controversial nuclear program.

The closer Iran comes to their nuclear goals, the less they want to negotiate, or cooperate with the international community. Iranian officials now are bragging that their enrichment plant carved out of a mountain at Fordo is impenetrable by air attack from Israel or the United States.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, released this political statement to the press, “It is clear that we both want to make progress and that there is some common ground, however significant differences remain. Nonetheless, we do agree on the need for further discussion to expand that common ground.”

What that “common ground” is, was unclear as they now wait until the next talks in Moscow and Tehran continues to do whatever they desire.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made this statement to reporters in Washington, D.C. “Iran now has the choice to make: Will it meet its international obligations and give the world confidence about its intentions or not?”


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