The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Latest Iran Talks: Disappointing, But Not Surprising

One sign that talks with Iran have passed their expiration date is that it’s not news anymore when they fail. Nobody seemed to notice, but Tehran once again rebuffed UN inspectors trying to investigate the country’s nuclear program:

“We had two days of intensive discussions. Differences remain so we could not finalize the structured approach to resolve the outstanding issues regarding possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” [IAEA deputy director general Herman] Nackaerts told reporters at Vienna airport.

Negotiations are an important part of stopping Iran’s leaders from pursuing nuclear weapons, but they just haven’t borne fruit.

The real frontier of the Iran conflict right now is in the cyber world. As the head of the US Air Force’s cyber operations told reporters yesterday, that battle is intensifying.

Published on January 19, 2013 3:00 pm