Official Describes Iran Negotiations as ‘Intense, Detailed, Straightforward, Candid’
White House spokesman Jay Carney says negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have had “a level of seriousness and substance that we had not seen before,” however “no one should expect a breakthrough overnight.”
Carney’s comments are echoed by an anonymous U.S. official quoted by Reuters:
“I’ve been doing this now for about two years,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “And I have never had such intense, detailed, straightforward, candid conversations with the Iranian delegation before.
The newfound warmth in diplomatic relations between Iran and the United States follows the election of Hasan Rowhani. The new Iranian president, who is said to have the backing of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has to walk a difficult line. Crippling sanctions have provided a sense of urgency, but if Rowhani gives away too much, too quickly, he could run into difficulty with hard-liners at home.
— Posted by Peter Z. ScheerYour support matters…
Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.
You can help level the playing field. Become a member.
Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.
Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.