Friday, September 18, 2009

Iran rattled by Washington's resolve

By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
Asia Times

"The sudden decision by Washington to ditch its long-held dream of a missile defense shield has generated unexpected momentum for a united diplomatic front against Iran at next month's nuclear talks in Istanbul. Tehran has hardly missed this point - President Barack Obama's gambit poses a tough test for Iran's strategic acumen.....

And what will China do if it perceives an undue chumminess in Moscow-Washington relations at a time when Beijing is incensed by signs of the US's meddling in its affairs? It is possible that stronger Iran-China ties may develop in response to these new developments.......

Tehran must adjust to the fact that improving US-Russia ties will proceed in direct proportion to reductions in Russia-Iran relations."

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