Ex-Envoy’s Account Clarifies Iran’s 2003 Nuclear Decision

by Gareth Porter via IPS News Newly published recollections by the former French ambassador to Iran suggest that Iran was not running a covert nuclear weapons programme that it then decided to halt in late 2003, as concluded by U.S.… Continue Reading  

Khatami-era Nuclear Negotiator Explains why Iran doesn’t want the bomb

According to Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, the spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear negotiating team (2003-2005) and now a visiting scholar at Princeton University, an Iranian nuclear weapon “would provide only a short-term regional advantage that would turn into a longer-term vulnerability”. Arrested… Continue Reading  

Obama Aides Launch Preemptive Attack on New Iran Plan

via IPS News Although the place and time of the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have not yet been announced, the manoeuvring by Iran and the United States to influence the outcome has already begun. Iran sought… Continue Reading  

Mousavian: Use Nixonian Realism with Iran

The former ambassador and key Iranian nuclear negotiator, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, writes: The United States and Iran should aim for the kind of sustained and comprehensive talks that have not been seen for the last three decades. It would be prudent… Continue Reading  

Dan Joyner: Mousavian Proposal “meets reasonable interests and expressed desires of both sides”

The founder of the Arms Control Law blog, Dan Joyner, provides a favorable examination of a proposal for ending the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program that was made by former lead Iranian negotiator Hossain Mousavian to David Ignatius this week: This proposal includes… Continue Reading