Sunday, October 21, 2007

Iran's New Nuclear Negotiator

Iran's President Ahmadinejad presumably got more control over nuke negotiations when the Ali Larijani was quit the job - presumably so he could work on "other political activities."

I read that Larijani is more "moderate" than average in Iran's government, when it came to Iran's nuclear program. Seems to me, that wouldn't take much.

The AP says that Iran's deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, Saeed Jalili, gets the nuke negotiator job now.

Since Jalili is supposed to be low on the ladder, talks with some collection of European diplomats presumably will be Ahmadinejad's show now.

I'm not sure how much difference it makes, who is Iran's front man in negotiations. My impression is that, however prominent a diplomat is, the diplomat doesn't determine policy. The diplomat's job is to carry out the policies of someone higher on the ladder.

Besides, this "key meeting with European negotiators" doesn't impress me as much as it might. I've gotten the impression that the current crop of European powers are very good at negotiating diplomatic talks about discussions of more negotiations.

All of which provides employment for government employees and reporters, but doesn't seem to produce much substance.

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