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4 ways US and Iran can make nuclear talks work

The Moscow talks on Iran’s nuclear program ended in stalemate June 19, as both cynics and optimists anticipated. While low-level experts will meet in July, the next set of sanctions against Iran are scheduled  to kick in within weeks, arguably restarting the whole negotiating process. The next time around, the parties should consider broadening their approach in these four ways.

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    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton listens to a question during a news conference after discussions on the controversial Iranian nuclear program in Moscow June 19. Iran and six world powers are suspending the high-level talks. Op-ed contributor Neil Padukone writes that next time, 'the parties should consider broadening their approach.'
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US-Iranian enmity is not just a matter of differences in goals, but a self-perpetuating institution unto itself. Segments of the Iranian regime retain power by playing the “Great Satan” card. In the United States, promising to attack Iran has been a surefire way of garnering electoral support. The relationship does not fall into the realm of the rational, just the ‘"rationale."

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