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IRAN: Historic gambit at start of Geneva talks
Oct 16th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Nation with most at stake

is absent, can’t be ignored

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been on a charm offensive. Click image to enlarge.

THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT on Tuesday presented in Geneva an historic set of proposals to end the decade-long standoff over its nuclear weapons ambitions.
But, with the country’s economy on the verge of collapse, one vital player in any deal was absent: Israel.
Although U.S. officials were taking the proposal seriously, Israelis are sounding the alarm, calling it “a charm offensive” and warning Iran cannot be trusted.
The Israelis have to be heard because they have the means – and the will – to do something about it if they perceive the talks are a waste of time.
The question is, how much time will they wait?


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