Is Obama trying once again to bring Iran back to the discussion table? CBS reports that Obama sent Iran a secret letter proposing new talks and admonishing Tehran over its threats to close the Straits of Hormuz.
“In the letter, Obama called for direct talks with Iran,” the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted [Ali] Motahari [an Iranian lawmaker] as saying Wednesday. “The letter also said that closing the Strait of Hormuz is (Washington’s) red line.” […]Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast confirmed that Tehran received the letter and was considering a possible response.
President Obama has often made clear that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Iran’s nuclear push. Some have even suggested he could have tried harder to negotiate. He appears to now be giving it one last try, if reports on the secret letter to Tehran are confirmed.Iran also recently suggested that nuclear talks will resume soon.Talks make sense, though not indefinitely extended ones. The surprising show of European and Arab unity with the US may (or may not) be changing hearts and minds in Tehran. Testing Iran’s intentions is worth doing; getting bogged down in endless talks about talks while Tehran steams ahead with its nuclear program and spews propaganda and fake peace proposals is not.