to unnamed officials quoted by Israel’s Channel 10, President Obama
is planning to inform Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of
to attack Iran this summer,
with June beginning the “window of opportunity” for his next war.
of State John Kerry said in a press conference earlier today thattime
is “running out” for
diplomacy, and it seems that the next P5+1 talks are being set up as
the “last chance” for Iran to give in to assorted US demands
before being attacked.
Obama will reportedly inform Israel of this decision during his
upcoming visit next month, and will ask Netanyahu to “sit tight”
and stop talking up the war for a few months until the US can get it
off the ground unilaterally.
US has been setting the stage for a June war since last year, when
Obama had likewise reassured Israel in the lead-up to elections that
a US war would be
launched by June 2013, an effort to keep Israel from starting the war
ahead of the US vote.
has been making much of the “red line” of Iran’s civilian
enrichment program growing more efficient, despite the UN confirming
that Iran keeps diverting the civilian
uranium to civilian uses and
the stockpile is not getting considerably larger than its been. He
has presented summer as a likely time to start a war.
of Iran’s uranium is enriched to 3.5 percent, for the Bushehr
electricity plant, while a small fraction is further enriched to 20
percent, the level needed for the US-built Tehran Research Reactor,
which makes medical isotopes.
US intelligence agencies have repeatedly conceded in “threat
assessments” that Iran’s program is purely civilian and that
there is “no decision” by Iran to even attempt to make a nuclear
weapon. Despite this, polls show that an overwhelming majority of
Americans have been convinced by politicians that Iran’s program is
to American interests.
Iran Talks Open in Kazakhstan Amid Talks of US War
Officials Promise 'Incentives' for Iran Deal
talks are the first since June of last year, and have been prefaced
by Secretary of State John Kerry insisting that time is “running
out” for Iran to acquiesce to America’s assorted demands. Other
Western nations have talked up an unspecified package of “incentives”
for Iran to make a deal.
this will be remains unclear, though previous indications were that
they would grudgingly allow Iran to trade certain goods in gold in
return for abandoning a
large portion of their civilian nuclear program. Iran has already
rejected that offer, insisting that any deal would have to include an
end to international threats and an acceptance of Iran’s
P5+1 have met Iran repeatedly over the program in recent years, with
Iran accepting the Fall 2009 US offer for a third party enrichment
deal only to have the US withdraw the offer angrily, and condemn Iran
for accepting it. Since then, US offers have included more and more
demands every meeting, seemingly designed to avoid the embarrassment
of having Iran accept a reasonable offer and end the push for war.