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Why have the Iranians been negotiating in the first place?

Reader comment on item: If Tehran Turns Down the Nuclear Deal

Submitted by Andy (United States), Aug 20, 2015 at 14:07

Interesting; the seeming flaw in what you say is that Iran has been negotiating on this for well over a decade. Why?

It's a bit analogous to Arafat negotiating with the Israelis, and then turning down a deal that gave him 98% of what he sought. But it's not analogous because this has been going on since early this century. Why would the Iranians negotiate if they had no intention of accepting a deal in which they won big time? Why not just not negotiate at all? Is it because they care how they appear to the Europeans, and to the Great Satan? -af


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am not arguing that Tehran will turn it down. I am noting that it might and drawing conclusions. So, there is no "flaw."

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