Iran is serious about nuclear talks

it's the U.S. that has stymied progress on the issue

January 30, 2012

The report onIran'srefusal to negotiate about its nuclear program is misleading ("Iran defiant in response to EU's boycott of its oil," Jan. 24). Iran's "unwillingness to negotiate" is belied by the fact that Iran negotiated with the U.S. long before the implementation of sanctions ostensibly designed to force it back to the bargaining table.

In the first and only American attempt to negotiate with Iran on this issue, the U.S. accepted an agreement between Iran and third-party countries that would have allowed Iran to transfer 1,200 kilograms of low- enriched uranium in exchange for fuel rods enriched to 20 percent for the production of medical isotopes. But the Obama administration walked away from this agreement when Iran wanted a guarantee that it would receive the fuel rods.

The U.S. is the party unwilling to negotiate in good faith without preconditions. Iran under the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, and its willingness to concede that right in negotiations with the U.S. demonstrated a seriousness that the U.S. lacks.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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