Washington Post Quotes FPI Board Member Eric Edelman on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

In "There Is No Concession Obama Won’t Make," Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes:

Reuters reports:

Iranian officials have privately welcomed the new position on U.N. sanctions in the talks on the part of the United States and France. Diplomats say the other members of [the] six power group back the idea of a swift suspension of U.N. nuclear sanctions if there is a deal, though they caution that many U.N. restrictions would stay in place.

“Iran knows that it will not happen overnight, but the fact that it is being discussed at the (six powers’) capitals and having a resolution is a sign of their willingness to resolve the issue,” a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

There seems to be no end to the concessions President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are ready to throw at the Iranians’ feet, the report suggests:

Officials close to the talks said this was a major new concession on the part of the United States, which had long insisted that U.N. sanctions would remain in place for years to come after a nuclear deal was signed, while unilateral U.S. and European measures might be lifted more swiftly.

“This was a quite a shift in the U.S. position and we hope the Iranians will follow with concessions on their end,” a Western official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “So far the concessions have been mostly one-sided, though there has been some limited progress recently.”

Former ambassador Eric Edelman observes via e-mail, “If the report is confirmed, this is just another step in series of one-sided, unreciprocated concessions by the US while Iran has given up virtually nothing. The hope for more concessions by Iran is quite likely to be unrequited.”

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