Iran, master of enrichment

Well worth reading is front cover story for this week’s New Statesman on Iran’s nuclear programme, detailing some of the interviews David  Patrikarakos has conducted around the world with the Americans, Israelis, Iranians and in the Arab world, on the nuclear impasse.

It looks at what has gone wrong since Obama took office, the problems facing him, and what he must do to get past the stalemate before us.

However, there is only so much internal unrest and international opprobrium that the Iranian elite can withstand. They are more pragmatic than some on the American or Israeli right believe. Iran’s decision to enrich to 20 per cent should be seen for what it is – essentially a negotiating ploy from a country that needs nuclear fuel. Thirty years of not talking achieved nothing; Obama must continue to seek dialogue with Iran.