U.S. planning a meeting on the side with Iran as July nuclear deal deadline approaches

posted at 7:01 pm on June 7, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The United States and the other P5+1 powers have been working with Iranian officials to bring the interim deal reached last November to its full-scale comprehensive resolution, with representatives all meeting up most recently in Vienna last month — but those talks evidently didn’t go all that well. This week, Reuters reported that analysts and diplomats aren’t feeling remotely confident that a deal will come together by the July 20th deadline to which everyone originally agreed (with a clause for a possible six-month extension), with one diplomat noting that “we’re far apart” on the terms of said deal and that the talks would be “long and complicated.” It sounds like the Obama administration, however, is hoping to keep the dream alive and persuade the Iranians to budge with a little separate one-on-one negotiation, because officials from both countries are getting together on June 9th/10th before the next round of group talks. Via CNN:

The United States and Iran are adding a new round of senior-level talks about the latter’s nuclear program, discussions separate from the so-called P5+1 process continuing in Vienna. …

Major disagreements on a comprehensive agreement remain, a senior administration official told CNN on Saturday. The new talks appear to be a push to see whether roadblocks can be overcome.

“We believe we need to engage in as much active diplomacy as we can to test whether we can reach a diplomatic solution with Iran on its nuclear program,” the official said. “These consultations come at an important juncture of the negotiations, and they will give us a timely opportunity to exchange views in the context of the next P5+1 round in Vienna.”

The Obama administration considers “engagement” with Iran as one of its major foreign-policy achievements (we know this, because officials keep telling us so), and won’t want to give up on the July 20th deadline so easily — so the White House is getting the band of diplomats that struck the initial interim deal with the Iranians in the first place back together. As Politico notes, however, Russia is also hoping to get some playing time on that front:

The discussions involving Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Jake Sullivan, Vice President Joe Biden’s top foreign policy adviser, are set for Monday and Tuesday. The European Union’s political director, Helga Schmid, will sit in. …

Iran’s official IRNA news agency said the upcoming U.S. talks would be followed by separate discussions in Rome between Iranian and Russian officials on Tuesday and Wednesday. IRNA quoted Abbas Araqchi, a senior member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, as saying that the Islamic Republic planned to hold other bilateral talks as well with the other world powers, but those meetings had yet to be set.


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LeftCoastRight on June 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Beat me to it…

22044 on June 7, 2014 at 7:05 PM

The One needs to offer to empty out Guantanamo in exchange for the Iranians keeping their nukes less than one megaton.

vnvet on June 7, 2014 at 7:05 PM

We all know how this is going to end…

…obaka blanks…

ladyingray on June 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

blinks, not blanks…

ladyingray on June 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Is treachery too archaic a word to use? Just something I’m smelling…

Kraken on June 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Obama’s deal will be he gives the entire US nuclear arsenal to Iran and in exchange Iran doesn’t build their own nukes.

chadlands on June 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

The Obama administration considers “engagement” “stalling ’til they get the bomb” with Iran as one of its major foreign-policy achievements …

Fixed it for accuracy …

ShainS on June 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

This will end well./s

esr1951 on June 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

blinks, not blanks…

ladyingray on June 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Heh.

Both work … ;-)

ShainS on June 7, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Bring your Mullahs, your Ayatollahs, your Presidents for Life to crazy Barry’s All American Fire Sale! Everything must go! No reasonable or unreasonable offer will be turned down! War Criminals, Terrorists, advanced defense systems and even allies- It all must go at Crazy Barry’s All American Fire Sale! No treaty is too big no treaty is too small, we’ll ignore it all! Free Crimea with every purchase! Who u akbar? Crazy Barryu akbar when it comes to great deals!

trubble on June 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

The Obama administration considers “engagement” with Iran as one of its major foreign-policy achievements

And to think they used to say that talk was cheap.

Bitter Clinger on June 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Considering how spineless and inept Barry is, he will probably offer them 500 pounds of weapons grade material and the plans for a multi stage weapon as a show of good faith…

rmkdbq on June 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

There’s absolutely no way that sociopathic liars (i.e. the current Regime) would trust other sociopathic liars (Muslim fascists) to be truthful.

Conclusion: Obama would give them nukes if he could, but is content to let the Iranians develop them on their own. Knocking America — and what’s left of the semi-free world — down to size (i.e., third-world status), one treacherous act after another …

ShainS on June 7, 2014 at 7:19 PM

trubble on June 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Heh.

I could actually envision that in my mind — would make for a great SNL skit or Republican campaign commercial (but so terrifyingly disgusting that I feel bad even chuckling about it) …

ShainS on June 7, 2014 at 7:24 PM

U.S. planning a meeting on the side with Iran as July nuclear deal deadline approaches

…whose bringing…the condoms?

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

…how many people from Gitmo…are they going to give them?

KOOLAID2 on June 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Guess is dhimmi administration didn’t see that the surpreme leader said the jihad won’t end until America is gone….nah they know he said they and don’t care one bit

sadsushi on June 7, 2014 at 7:44 PM

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davidk on June 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

He won’t be happy until somebody nukes us.

formwiz on June 7, 2014 at 7:55 PM

barry’s stalling for time. Once Iran’s nukes are a fait accompli, then he’ll just wash his hands, saying:

I tried! I really, really tried!!!

He hopes to be safely hidden in some bunker in HI, chooming his life away when it happens. God help us all.

conservative hispanic on June 7, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Is treachery too archaic a word to use? Just something I’m smelling…

Kraken on June 7, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I like the word “mendacity”.

Kevin K. on June 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Can’t we just hand them a couple nukes (and a few million in petty cash)… And get this all over with?

oceansidecon on June 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Anyone wanna guess which side gives into the other

jaywemm on June 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 11h

SAO on Burns/Sullivan at #Iran talks: “Natural for Bill and Jake to join…given their history of negotiating w/Iran… just makes sense.”

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 11h

SAO on US-#Iran talks: “We believe we need to engage…to test whether we can reach a diplomatic solution w/Iran on its nuclear program.

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 12h

US revives “secret delegation” for not-so-secret talks w/#Iran, per @statedept. Burns,Sherman, Sullivan to see Iranians in Geneva June 9-10.

https://twitter.com/StateDept

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Iran?src=hash

canopfor on June 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Iran has nukes because republicans. And Bush.

BobMbx on June 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Anyone wanna guess which side gives into the other

jaywemm on June 7, 2014 at 8:23 PM

We’ve seen this movie (I believe it was set in North Korea) before …

ShainS on June 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Obama is probably planning to let them know how to make MIRVs, so their attack on Israel can kill as many as possible with one missile, 25 warheads.

Diluculo on June 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The actual negotiation will end up being how much the US must bribe Iran so they don’t reveal how badly the end results are for Americans.

Tard on June 7, 2014 at 9:24 PM

We gave them 1 billion dollars in funds and relieved sanctions in exchange for… future talks. And now we are stuck begging Iran to give us something to at least make it look like we didn’t get completely hosed. Unfortunately of this administration Iran couldn’t give a rats a$$ what this looks like. They know when this deal fails they will get another, and another after that and even another when they have a bomb. And after Israel is nuked they don’t care what they get, but they are sure lala-allah-haha and his p*g f*****g prophet will protect them.

Gwillie on June 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Black Humor defined “the intent of black comedy is for the audience to experience both laughter and discomfort, sometimes simultaneously”

Everyone, and I mean everyone, knew that the Kerry deal with Iran was a very bad joke last December. It became more of a joke in January when the July time frame was announced.

When July arrives, Kerry/Obama will continue this disgusting farce with an extension of negotiations. The Iranians will announce that they are free to do whatever they want under the terms of the extension, while the U.S. government will proclaim a monumental diplomatic victory. This would be funny if the consequences were not so potentially disastrous.

pilsener on June 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Diluculo:

I believe the maximum possible amount of warheads on a missile at the present time is 12. Still, more than enough to do the job against Israel.

conservative hispanic on June 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

I believe the maximum possible amount of warheads on a missile at the present time is 12. Still, more than enough to do the job against Israel.

conservative hispanic on June 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Blah, I probably got the number 25 stuck in my head from some loopy sci-fi movie. Still, 12 is bad enough and I bet by the end of the year we’ll hear that the iranians “suddenly” acquire the tech to do it.

Diluculo on June 8, 2014 at 12:12 AM

The Iranians are pointing at us and laughing. They can’t believe we have such a sissyfied clown as a “leader.”

Israel better hope the other four of the P5 stand up, or the mullahs will be sporting nukes before you know it.

Adjoran on June 8, 2014 at 1:49 AM

We’ll give them nukes if they stop enriching weapons grade uranium

Brock Robamney on June 8, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Peace in our time moment coming.

rhombus on June 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM