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Latest Column: The Nuke Negotiations

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It looks like Iran is going to make a serious proposal at next week’s round of nuclear talks in Baghdad. But the true test for President Obama will be whether he can hold his coalition together to continue economic sanctions until the Iranians agree to the most important item on the agenda–intrusive inspections of Iranian facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency, including inspections of suspect military facilities like Parchin. These talks will be complicated and will take months to resolve, but Iran’s first move will be crucial in determining whether the regime is, finally, serious about talking–and whether our allies in this effort, Russia and China, are serious about demanding a real accounting of Iran’s nuclear program.  Details here.

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