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David Miliband

Foreign Secretary

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Friday 18 July, 2008

Iran's Next Move

I strongly welcome the decision by the US Administration to send their senior diplomat, Bill Burns, to tomorrow's meeting of the E3+3 (UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and US), led by EU High Representative Javier Solana, with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who is due to respond to the package of economic, scientific and political cooperation offered to Iran for suspending their nuclear enrichment programme. The message to Iran is simple: get serious about the real needs of your people, which are for a serious response to year on year diminution in their standard of living, and abandon the fiction that the world is pursuing a vendetta against you. America's move demonstrates the determination of the E3+3 to avoid room for any excuses. It is now Iran's next move. There is a clear basis for negotiation. It needs to be taken up.

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Pursuing peace is always welcome, but Britain needs to recognize that Iran has the right to nuclear power, and as for wanting nuclear weapons, if they did want such weapons they would be motivated by the fact that both the UK and US have been attacking several countries in the past few years, countries that happen to not have nuclear weapons.

Posted by Stu on July 19, 2008 at 11:18 AM BST #

It is nice to see that Diplomatic efforts are being made to try and get Iran to end their nuclear program - but if they do reject the package being offered to them - what is next? Is it not up to the countries around Iran to apply significant pressure - it seems that Britain and America are doing the hard work and other nations in the Middle East are watching - hoping that everything will be okay. I'm not saying we should pull out of any negotiations - but in the long term is it not right that we reach a consensus from fellow states in the Middle east so that security not only for the West - but for countries within this area is permanent?

Posted by Wasim on July 19, 2008 at 12:58 PM BST #

Where could we discover something anything!? about the nature of this "package of economic, scientific and political cooperation", after all, in international affairs deals are not always quite what they say on the tin. If we are to succumb to the rhetoric of "There is a clear basis for negotiation. It needs to be taken up." then we really should have some knowledge of what - precisely - is this offer they have declined. The nature of this offer directly affects the reasonableness or otherwise of Iran declining, and it is the reasonableness or otherwise of their response that should govern whether they have 'failed', rather than merely that they had the nerve to decline something offered!

Posted by Francis James Leo Osborn on July 19, 2008 at 11:36 PM BST #

Why is this happening now? This move should have taken place a long time ago, when all this 'nuclear weapon talk' was first reaching our screens on the news. I think any steps towards peace should be welcomed, but with all the hostility that has emerged from both sides, are either of them really going to take this seriously? I really doubt it... a href="http://www.bestmobilephonecontracts.co.uk/" rel="nofollow"Kammy/a

Posted by Kammy on July 22, 2008 at 06:43 PM BST #

I FEEL GOOD THAT THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, WHO I ADMIRE,IS SEEKING TO ASSIST IN THE NUCLEAR DISPUTE WITH IRAN. I WOULD,HOWEVER, FEEL IT WOULD BE JUST AS COMMENDABLE OF HIM IF HE ALSO GAVE A LITTLE TIME TO THE QUESTION OF ISREAL'S / AMERICA'S DEMANDS. IS ISREAL PREPARED TO REDUCE ITS MASSIVE QUANTITIES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS OF MASS DESRUCTION IN THE NEGOTIATIONS OR WILL THEY BE ALLOWED TO RULE THE ROOST OVER THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST AS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THAT AREA WITH THE NUCLEAR CAPABILITY? TO ME IT APPEARS THAT THAT WOULD BE IN AMERICA'S EYES A VERY SATISFACTORY STATE OF AFFAIRS! IT MIGHT EVEN HELP WITH THEIR OIL PROBLEM.

Posted by harry on July 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM BST #

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