Military at Odds with GOP on Iran Policy
Josh Gerstein, Politico – March 6, 2012
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took an aggressive stand Tuesday against Iran, promising a pro-Israel audience that the U.S. will act if diplomacy and sanctions fail to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Diplomacy, Not War: New Iran Nuclear Talks Seen
Anne Gearan, Bradley Klapper, Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press – March 6, 2012
Alarmed by rising talk of war, the United States, Europe and other world powers announced Tuesday that bargaining will begin again with Iran over its fiercely disputed nuclear efforts. Tehran, for its part, invited inspectors to see a site suspected of secret atomic weapons work.
Israel Cautiously Welcomes Big-Power Talks with Iran
Dan Williams, Reuters – March 7, 2012
Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.
Weighing a Policy of Containment for Iran
Suzanne Maloney, Matthew Kroenig, NPR – March 6, 2012
President Obama recently said, “Iran’s leaders should understand that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” Some say containment represents a viable option against Iran, but others argue that Cold War strategies do not apply to Iran.
Iran Diplomacy Needed
Fareed Zakaria, John King, CNN – March 5, 2012
US Pushes NKorea to Allow IAEA Nuke Monitors Into Country As Early As Possible
Associated Press – March 6, 2012
The United States urged North Korea on Tuesday to prove it is serious in pledging to roll back its nuclear programs by allowing U.N. exerts back into the country quickly to monitor its commitments.
US Envoys in Beijing Say Making Progress on Talks About North Korea Food Aid Agreement
Associated Press – March 7, 2012
U.S. envoys said there was progress in talks Wednesday on arrangements for the first U.S. government food aid shipment to impoverished North Korea in three years, part of an agreement aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programs.
Obama Mulls Giving Moscow Data on Missile Defense
Jim Wolf, Reuters – March 6, 2012
The Obama administration disclosed on Tuesday that it is considering sharing some classified U.S. data as part of an effort to allay Russian concerns about a controversial antimissile shield.