Perhaps as soon as Saturday, the US and Iran are set to hold more talks on Iraq's future, it has been announced. But the talks should not be confused with negotiation.
While Iran publicly has welcomed more talks, State Department spokesman Scott McCormack said, "We think that . . . it would be appropriate to have another face-to-face meeting to directly convey to the Iranian authorities that if they wish to see a more stable, secure, peaceful Iraq -- which is what they have said they would like to see -- that they need to change their behavior."
The meeting comes amid rising tensions and an IAEA announcement that the UN body and Iran have agreed on inspections and a "modality" to move forward on unresolved matters regarding Iran's nuclear program. Skeptics view the Iranian move as another stall for time, noting that the "modality" is nothing more than an agreement on how to proceed with more talks, not any concrete resolution of outstanding matters.