March 7th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Roundup: Global powers agree to Iran talks

Editor's Note: The following is reprinted with the permission of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germanyagreed to resume talks with Iran over its nuclear program (NYT), EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Tuesday. Ashton's announcement came in response to an Iranian offer last month to restart nuclear negotiations, amid rising tensions between the West andTehran. TheUnited States and the EU, both of which contendIran's nuclear program is intended for manufacturing weapons, have imposed strict economic sanctions on the country. The decision to press forward with diplomacy came as U.S. President Barack Obama urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off from carrying out a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

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Analysis

"In the context of improving global growth, removing too much Iranian oil from the world's energy supply could cause an oil price rise that would halt the recovery even as it does some economic damage to Iran. For perhaps the first time, sanctions have the potential to be 'too successful,' hurting the sanctioners as much as the sanctioned," write Ian Bremmer and Clifford Kupchan for the Financial Times.

"The dispute with Israel is chiefly over timing and when, exactly, Iran will be deemed to have crossed the red line: is the crucial moment when Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear weapon or when it has actually done so? The danger is that this public negotiation unleashes a dynamic of its own," writes the Guardian's Jonathan Freedland.

"Every Israeli and friend of Israelshould be thankful to the president for framing the Iranissue this way. It is important strategically for Israel, because it makes clear that dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat was not Israel's problem alone. And it is important politically, because this decision about whether to attack Iran is coinciding with the U.S. election," writes the New York Times' Thomas Friedman.

PACIFIC RIM

South Korea Threatens Retaliation

South Koreawould launch a forceful retaliation against North Koreain the event of an anticipated military provocation (Yonhap), South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said in a visit toYeonpyeongIsland, the site of a deadly North Korean artillery attack in 2010.

This CFR Crisis Guide provides an interactive multimedia overview of the dispute between North and South Korea.

CHINA: A senior official in Sichuan province said that the "Dalai Lama clique" would not halt development (BBC) inChina's southwestern Tibetan-populated regions, during a week in which three Tibetans were killed in self-immolation protests againstBeijing.

SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

British Soldiers Missing in Afghanistan

A bomb explosion hit an armored vehicle carrying six British soldiers (Guardian) inAfghanistan's southwestHelmand province. The soldiers were reported missing, and are believed to be dead.

INDIA: Police arrested an Indian journalist (AP) who was allegedly in contact with a suspect believed to have attached a car bomb to an Israeli diplomat's car inNew Delhi last month. The subsequent explosion wounded the diplomat's wife and her driver.

MIDDLE EAST

UN Humanitarian Chief Arrives in Damascus

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos arrived in Damascus for two days of talks with Syrian government officials, aimed at persuading them to "allow unhindered access for humanitarian relief workers" (al-Jazeera) to civilian areas devastated by the military in their deadly crackdown on opposition forces.

AFRICA

South African Workers in National Strike

Tens of thousands of South Africans participated in a national strike today called by the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (Reuters), bringing much of the mining industry to a standstill. The strike also signaled COSATU's continued political clout ahead of party elections for the ruling African National Congress later this year.

SEYCHELLES: The U.S. Navy transferred fifteen suspected Somali pirates (NYT) from their custody inDjibouti to the island nation ofSeychelles for trial. The Navy had captured the pirates after rescuing a hijacked Iranian fishing vessel in January.

EUROPE

Putin Dismisses Allegations of Protesters

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, elected on Sunday to once again serve as the country's president, dismissed the opposition's allegations of electoral fraud as political tactics (WSJ), while cracking down more forcefully on anti-government protesters.

On the eve of the Russian elections, journalist Masha Gessen and CFR's Stephen Sestanovich discussedPutin's anticipated post-election strategy in this CFR Video.

FRANCE: President Nicolas Sarkozy said there are "too many immigrants in France" (Telegraph) as he sought to court the far-right vote in his bid for reelection against Socialist candidate François Hollande.

AMERICAS

Brazil's Economy Overtakes Britain's

Brazil's economy grew 2.7 percent last year, surpassing the UKas the sixth-largest economy (BBC) in the world, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said.

CUBA: Prominent New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier visited Alan Gross, a U.S. citizen serving a fifteen-year sentence (CBS) in aHavana prison for allegedly working with a U.S.-funded democracy-building initiative inCuba.

Under President Raul Castro, Cuba has begun economic and political reforms while bolstering ties withBrazil and theVatican. ButWashington has failed to seize on opportunities for expanding relations, says CFR's Julia E. Sweig in this CFR Interview.

CAMPAIGN 2012

Exit Polls Show Voters' Concern About the Economy

Exit polls from Super Tuesday show the economy is the biggest issue on voters' minds with the election a little more than seven months away. In general election battleground states such as Virginia and Ohio, where GOP candidate Mitt Romney won last night, about half of voters polled by CNN said the economy it was their biggest concern. The New York Times' polling found similar results in four states–Ohio,Tennessee,Georgia, andMassachusetts.

In a speech last night, Romney said jobs would be his highest priority (WashPost) and his economic plan would "deliver more jobs, less debt, and smaller government." A new paper from the Brookings Institution looking at what the president should do about the economy after the election in 2013 says that if the economy remains weak, more stimulus for jobs and the housing market will be needed.

Editor's Note: For more information on the presidential election and foreign policy check out CFR's campaign blog, The Candidates and the World.

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Topics: Daily Roundup • Iran • Nuclear

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. IRAN AND syria shiia are EVIL

    all you need to attack and finsh syria are 50 uman aircraft drawn attack syrian president pallace his army base and provide cover to homs and let the free syrian army do the rest, attack syrian weapons safe houses and the supplies root it is very easy you can let these fighters fly from saudi , jordan turkey and the med sea .....days and night 24 hours round the clock destroying radars and soft target

    March 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    Thomas Friedman, NY Times wrote, "dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat was not Israel's problem alone".
    Yes, and the whole world would have to bear the catastrophic outcome of an attack based on a hypothetical threat.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Let's all hope that these talks succeed as any war with Iran will spell an unequivical disaster although those cursed Republicans are aching to start one!!!

      March 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    As Putin had won 53% and not 63.6% as reported officially, such a result would have still brought him victory. In order to restore trust and confidence, he should call for a re-run of the elections and make sure they would be rigged once more. If he wins again, he will have more peace and quiet and the legitimacy to run the country.

    March 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  4. krm1007

    India is playing a double game with Americans in Iran.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
  5. krm1007

    "Experimental Democracy" has failed in India. An experiment that was being shoved down India's throat by western countries too eager to propagate their own values on a country that was trying to decolonize itself while trying to shed the communist skin of being a Soviet ally. India was thus trapped. What has become evident now is that this "Experimental Democracy" has marginalized the country. The marginalized groups of the country – Dalits and ‘backward’ castes/classes, indigenous ‘tribal’ people and religious minorities have been disenfranchised. "The belief that corruption is the important issue in the country is shared only by the minority living in urban areas and towns who have been beneficiaries of economic liberalization policies mandated by western countries. The most important challenges of Indian society remain as follows: justice, social and economic equality and equal access to certain standards of life for all Indians. “While India seems too eager to please its western masters and put on a progressive and softer face for CNN for public consumption, people see through it. The consequences of this "Band – Aid" approach will be brutal for India geo-politically when it realizes that the GDP statistics that it has been relying to gage its progress has not amounted to much in the long run.

    March 8, 2012 at 9:16 am | Reply
  6. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,IRAN AND syria shiia are EVIL

    ..
    IRAN IS EVIL

    WAKE UP IT IS TIME FOR YOUR MEDICATION YOU LOSERS, VIULLAGE IDIOTS ARE EVRY WHERE, MAKE NO MISTAKE AHMEDI NEJAD THE RETARD PRESIDENT OF EVIL IRAN WILL USE THE NUC WHEN HE HAS IT IN 9 MONTHS.....HE IS HELPING HIZBOALLAH THE EVIL PARTY AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUP FROM IRAQ, SYRIA AND LEBANON IRAN MUST BE STOPPED THEY ARE GROUP OF MULLAS THUGS EACH HAS 4 WIFES AND BIG ASS AND BRAINWASH THE PEOPLE TO FIGHT SO THEY CAN GET THE 40 VERGIN AS THERE ARE NO MORE VERGIN IN IRAN, THE MULLAS TAKE THEM ALL ASD MOTAA THE LEGAL FK IN MUSLIM FAITH IN IRAN. THOSE EVIL NEED THERE ASSSSSSSSSSS FK FAST AND NOW

    March 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply

    KeepEyeonPakistan

    If we are going to disarm IRAN we should Disarm Israel as well!! In fact we wouldn't be in this predicament if the warring elite had not solicited scientist for such a STUPID IDIOTIC weapon like nukes in the first place! This is playing with power beyond our understanding...It is all fear driven and that is the problem with a world steeped in fear...

    March 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply

    IRAN IS EVIL

    Here's my take on the Iranian Nuclear

    Q: FIRSTLY, are we willing to trust Iran with Nuclear weapons?
    A: No way! Else risk having a volatile ME brimming with nukes in tha hands of unstable Islamic radical regimes!
    and they will send the nuc to syrian thugs and killers and we saw what the shiia killers can do as they kill there own people

    Q: Can we let diplomacy go on right until the point Iran gets nukes?
    A: No way, we need to stop them right at their tracks! we must attack iran and syria now and keep israel and middleast safe and keep the world safe from the evil shiia and iranian thugs

    Q: Is a war in the ME now more disastrous than after Iran has developed nukes?
    A: Clearly NOT!

    Q: Will a war with Iran now cause major upheaval, increase terror against Americans all over the world incl. terror right here in America from homegrown Islamic radicals?
    A: No . But it may just be necessary to prevent potential major catastrophe or even a WW3 later on. iran is a paper tiger they do have more than 45 opposition groups we can use them to attack iran from the inside among them the arabestan province , the sunni in iran, the kurdish in iran, the lures and turks, the assyrians, the stuudents and women movments, the bahaii and persians egtc.....we must help the iraqi sunni to destroy the iran interests behind the lione.

    Q: Is war the only answer to stop them?
    A:yes! as diplomacy will never work with iran and syria or any shiia , they are an evil liers, they call lies taqeya, there god called ali and hussain!!!
    dont allow iranians to come to usa canada or any where for any reason that include the iraqi shiia and syrian shiia thuygs.

    Q: Is it time to strike Iran?
    A:yes 100% as the arab spring rising and the sunni arabs will help to attack the shiia interests, saudi arabia and gulf states will pump more oil 3 time more to offset iran oil problem so no worry about oil flow and price.

    Q:What do we mean by Iranian compliance?
    A: STOP enrichment beyond 3.5% and surrender in a verifiable manner all stocks of enriched Uranium above 3.5%
    Dismantle their underground enrichment plants in Qom and other places. Allow IAEA inspectors unfettered access to all facilities. THEY WILL NEVER DO THAT MARK MY WORDS DONT BE FOOL ATTACK NOW....OBAMA WILL NOT ATTACK THE REASON BECAUSE HE HAS A NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE AND HE WILL KEEP THAT IMAGE OF PEACE , BUT THAT WILL DESTROY THE WORLD....WAKE UP OBAMA

    DONT TRUST IRAN AND THE SHIIA

    Until we do all these the world can never be safe from ISLAMIC NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL !!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  7. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,IRAN AND syria shiia are EVIL

    ..
    ,,,,, IRAN IS EVIL

    WAKE UP IT IS TIME FOR YOUR MEDICATION YOU LOSERS, VIULLAGE IDIOTS ARE EVRY WHERE, MAKE NO MISTAKE AHMEDI NEJAD THE RETARD PRESIDENT OF EVIL IRAN WILL USE THE NUC WHEN HE HAS IT IN 9 MONTHS.....HE IS HELPING HIZBOALLAH THE EVIL PARTY AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUP FROM IRAQ, SYRIA AND LEBANON IRAN MUST BE STOPPED THEY ARE GROUP OF MULLAS THUGS EACH HAS 4 WIFES AND BIG ASS AND BRAINWASH THE PEOPLE TO FIGHT SO THEY CAN GET THE 40 VERGIN AS THERE ARE NO MORE VERGIN IN IRAN, THE MULLAS TAKE THEM ALL ASD MOTAA THE LEGAL FK IN MUSLIM FAITH IN IRAN. THOSE EVIL NEED THERE ASSSSSSSSSSS FK FAST AND NOW

    March 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply

    KeepEyeonPakistan

    If we are going to disarm IRAN we should Disarm Israel as well!! In fact we wouldn't be in this predicament if the warring elite had not solicited scientist for such a STUPID IDIOTIC weapon like nukes in the first place! This is playing with power beyond our understanding...It is all fear driven and that is the problem with a world steeped in fear...

    March 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply

    IRAN IS EVIL

    Here's my take on the Iranian Nuclear

    Q: FIRSTLY, are we willing to trust Iran with Nuclear weapons?
    A: No way! Else risk having a volatile ME brimming with nukes in tha hands of unstable Islamic radical regimes!
    and they will send the nuc to syrian thugs and killers and we saw what the shiia killers can do as they kill there own people

    Q: Can we let diplomacy go on right until the point Iran gets nukes?
    A: No way, we need to stop them right at their tracks! we must attack iran and syria now and keep israel and middleast safe and keep the world safe from the evil shiia and iranian thugs

    Q: Is a war in the ME now more disastrous than after Iran has developed nukes?
    A: Clearly NOT!

    Q: Will a war with Iran now cause major upheaval, increase terror against Americans all over the world incl. terror right here in America from homegrown Islamic radicals?
    A: No . But it may just be necessary to prevent potential major catastrophe or even a WW3 later on. iran is a paper tiger they do have more than 45 opposition groups we can use them to attack iran from the inside among them the arabestan province , the sunni in iran, the kurdish in iran, the lures and turks, the assyrians, the stuudents and women movments, the bahaii and persians egtc.....we must help the iraqi sunni to destroy the iran interests behind the lione.

    Q: Is war the only answer to stop them?
    A:yes! as diplomacy will never work with iran and syria or any shiia , they are an evil liers, they call lies taqeya, there god called ali and hussain!!!
    dont allow iranians to come to usa canada or any where for any reason that include the iraqi shiia and syrian shiia thuygs.

    Q: Is it time to strike Iran?
    A:yes 100% as the arab spring rising and the sunni arabs will help to attack the shiia interests, saudi arabia and gulf states will pump more oil 3 time more to offset iran oil problem so no worry about oil flow and price.

    Q:What do we mean by Iranian compliance?
    A: STOP enrichment beyond 3.5% and surrender in a verifiable manner all stocks of enriched Uranium above 3.5%
    Dismantle their underground enrichment plants in Qom and other places. Allow IAEA inspectors unfettered access to all facilities. THEY WILL NEVER DO THAT MARK MY WORDS DONT BE FOOL ATTACK NOW....OBAMA WILL NOT ATTACK THE REASON BECAUSE HE HAS A NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE AND HE WILL KEEP THAT IMAGE OF PEACE , BUT THAT WILL DESTROY THE WORLD....WAKE UP OBAMA

    DONT TRUST IRAN AND THE SHIIA

    Until we do all these the world can never be safe from ISLAMIC NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL !!!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
  8. iraq=iran-syria=hizboallah=terrorists=evil

    THE SHIIA Debuty embassador killed his boss by poison as his boss is sunni and UK now try to find what happened , they think poison is involved,,,those shiia thugs from iraq are trying to take over and control iraq with the help of iran weapons and money so they dont lose ellection and they are trying to protect the syrian killers as they are shii 8% controling 92% of syrian sunni...
    الملحقية الثقافية العراقية في لندن

    الحكومة البريطانية تغلق الملحقية الثقافية العراقية في لندن بعد وفاة السيد الملحق الثقافي في ظروف غير معروفة

    وقد تم استدعاء السيد معاون الملحق الثقافي للتحقيق …

    علمأ ان السيد الملحق الثقافي الاستاذ باقر الهاشمي كان قد تلقي تهديد قبل يوم من وفاتة بعد عراك داخل الملحقية الثقافية مع السيد معاون الملحق الاستاذ احمد عبد الرسول البغدادي بعد ان كشف الاستاذ باقر الملحق الثقافي ان السيد المعاون اي السيد البغدادي قد زور اكثر من 45 شهادة لوزراء واشخاص في حكومة المالكي الشرطة البريطانية تعتقد ان هنالك مادة غريبة قد دست في طعام السيد الملحق الثقافي الاستاذ باقر الهاشمي

    March 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  9. iraq=iran-syria= russia=hizboallah=terrorists=evil

    fk iran dont talk to them just fk them they have nice ladies all motaa , free fk

    THE SHIIA Debuty embassador killed his boss by poison as his boss is sunni and UK now try to find what happened , they think poison is involved,,,those shiia thugs from iraq are trying to take over and control iraq with the help of iran weapons and money so they dont lose ellection and they are trying to protect the syrian killers as they are shii 8% controling 92% of syrian sunni...
    الملحقية الثقافية العراقية في لندن

    الحكومة البريطانية تغلق الملحقية الثقافية العراقية في لندن بعد وفاة السيد الملحق الثقافي في ظروف غير معروفة

    وقد تم استدعاء السيد معاون الملحق الثقافي للتحقيق …

    علمأ ان السيد الملحق الثقافي الاستاذ باقر الهاشمي كان قد تلقي تهديد قبل يوم من وفاتة بعد عراك داخل الملحقية الثقافية مع السيد معاون الملحق الاستاذ احمد عبد الرسول البغدادي بعد ان كشف الاستاذ باقر الملحق الثقافي ان السيد المعاون اي السيد البغدادي قد زور اكثر من 45 شهادة لوزراء واشخاص في حكومة المالكي الشرطة البريطانية تعتقد ان هنالك مادة غريبة قد دست في طعام السيد الملحق الثقافي الاستاذ باقر الهاشمي

    March 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  10. Lack of Politeness

    the lack of contempt showed (off) by Matthew Chance is quite indecent. Someone has to teach him how to behave with diplomatic personnel and not to treat diplomats as IAEA like scenery on his stage like he has done in this video.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  11. attack russian interests now

    the muslims and arabs should attack russian interests any where every where inbcluding all embassies as russia veto on syria allow the killing of 17,000 women and children on the hands of the terrorists regieme of bashar al kalb of syria and hizboallah those evil getting weapons from evil russia and money from the great evil iran to kill daily backed by the evil iraqi shiia who provide men and shiia thugs to cross to syria and kill sunni...syria must be attacked if i was a leader in the middleast i wage war aganist russia and now in every mean possible until i get red of those communists puten and his followers...

    March 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  12. Betab

    http://www.zcommunications.org/what-are-iran-s-intentions-by-noam-chomsky

    March 14, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply

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