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. Fred54

    Finally, it turns out there are actually some adults in the room.....

    March 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aeroman

    What comes of these talks, no one can know, although it's hard to be optomistic. However, hopefully, in the short-term at least, combined with the news that Iran will allow the IAEA to inspect Parchin, it'll lower tensions a bit, for now, and move a potential attack a little farther down the road.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Aeroman

      Oh! And maybe, for at least a little while, the price of oil can come down a bit! What do ya say, speculators?!

      March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. jimzcarz

    Another fruitless endeavor. This culture cannot be trusted as long as it is ruled by Religion.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lee

    Come on now! The war drums have been beating up to where we feel attacking Iran is almost acceptable. We are doign it right this time! Instead of attacking them BECAUSE they have WMDs, we are going to assume one day they might and find justification in that. After all, their president did say they would wipe Israel off the map and all presidents retoric = prophecy right? Sigh...really? Cant we just go to war with Canada? They have oil and our soldiers can come home during the weekends.

    March 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I strongly believe that force will only be used against Iran in case there will be no other way to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Waiting for Iran to actually HAVE nukes will make use of force against it extremely difficult and will result in many millions of casualties.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Darius

    Are there any hungry Americans left?

    March 6, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Hungry Hungry Hippos

      Gobble gobble gobble glorp.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. david whitt

    here we go give iran more staling time. wow

    March 6, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    Obama's saber rattling has finally got the attention of our good "allies" who may take a serious look at the world wide implications of a preemptive strike on Iran.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. common sense

    Doesn't U.S and Israel all have nukes? I guess the big boys always wants all the power huh.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Really?

    Israel claims to be "God's chosen nation", and you believe them? Really?

    March 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    A full page ad in Washington Post by ex-generals, State Deptt & Intelligence officials advising President Obama against giving in to lobbies, pressure to go to war with Iran is a light of hope.
    Hope that sanity would prevail in this country of ours despite powerful interests & lobbying by the likes of AIPAC.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    I sincerely hope and every patriotic American would also, that the those on our soil who used to pray and wish for Armaggedon to happen and are now working to make it happen in league with those that AIPC represents fail in their efforts.
    Twisted ideology ruling us is the last thing this country & nation needs now.
    God Bless America.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Read that 'AIPAC'. Typo.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    How about 'peaceful' intentions of Israel?

    March 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ saywhat, it does appear that Israel is stirring the pot doesnt it? I think our POTUS is smarter than most give him credit for tho! He didnt sound as if he was overly anxious to go to war with Iran.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Rightly said @ chrissy
    Rational thought is what is needed in our political leadership now more than ever.

    Its America's geo- political, strategic & economic interests that matter above all else. And that is what has to be made clear to our allies. We are on the verge of losing the M.East and have lost crucial allies to powers who have been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching us commit folly after folly. We simply cannot enter into another proxy war for any one.
    Then there is a lot that needs attention right at home. Economy,jobs, health care, education, ifrastructure and so on.

    I see a lot of' 'nuke them, take them out' kind of mentality on blogs and that is one of our ills.

    March 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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