According to Maariv, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili for an hour in 2009, and one other meeting between officials from both sides took place as well.
Included in the diplomatic incentives package offered by Washington would be, in the first stage, the opening of interest sections in Washington and Tehran, with the possibility subsequently of expanding to full diplomatic ties, including US and Iranian embassies and ambassadors in each other’s capitals, Maariv claimed.
As part of restored diplomatic relations with Iran, Maariv reported, Washington was ready to hold senior level diplomatic contacts, to agree to reciprocal visits, to approve security cooperation between the countries, direct flights between the US and Iran, and the granting of visas to Iranians wishing to visit the US.
But Iran rebuffed the “diplomatic hand” offered by the White House, Maariv reported. The Islamist regime “opposed any sign of normalization with the US, and refused to grant a ‘prize’ to the Americans,” according to an anonymous Israeli source quoted by the paper.
Obama’s Stage 1 policy on Iran was giving them the store, but Iran refused to negotiate. His Stage 2 policy on Iran was to hit them with sanctions in order to try and get them to negotiate. His Stage 3 policy is to just give in. Iran knows it and so do we.
The one thing that Iran can do and that Obama has no counter for is to refuse to give in. And that’s what Iran has done. It hasn’t taken the carrot or the stick. And so Obama has no leverage at all over Iran. No matter how often his surrogates hop out and claim that his Iranian policy is working because of its multilateralism, the truth is that it isn’t working and has never worked.
Sanctions are not a policy, they’re a face-saving gesture. Iran is determined to have nuclear weapons and Obama has no plan for stopping that.