March 6th, 2012
08:24 AM ET

Offers to resume Iran nuke negotiations back on table, EU foreign policy chief says

The United States and other countries offered to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program on Tuesday as Iran signaled a willingness to let international inspectors visit a key military base.

The United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany offered to resume stalled talks in a letter from European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. She was responding to an overture that Iran made last month.

The prospect of negotiations comes amid rising concern that Israel may attack Iran to disrupt its nuclear program.

Israel and the United States suspect Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. International inspectors also have voiced concern, but Iran insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes.

Meanwhile, Iran offered Tuesday to let international nuclear inspectors into one of its military bases, but only after significant details are worked out, its team at the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

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  1. chrissy

    @ saywhat, i agree. And WTH did everyone think would happen when one country after another started acquireing nuclear arms? Its not exclusive and of course eventually its gonna cause mass destruction! When one plays with fire, eventually you get burned!

    March 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tuniah

    , he quotes an arlcite by Edward Luttwak (May Commentary magizine) "The fact is that the targets would not be buildings as such but rather processes, and, given the aiming information now available, they could indeed be interrupted in lasting ways by a single night of bombing." If that's still true, then a quick, unsignaled strike could delay Iran's nuclear ambitions by many years. That, and more, would be justified by the fact that Iran is supporting the "insurgency" in Iraq. So attacking Iran wouldn't be a new war (requiring Congressional approval) but an expansion of the existing theater of war.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
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