"World powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program are still hopeful that a new round of talks can begin soon and an agreement can be reached, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who represents the powers in talks said on Wednesday.
'The (world powers) are still hoping to reach agreement with Iran on the modalities of the talks, including venue, with a view to resuming talks shortly,' Reuters quoted Michael Mann as saying.
However, he claimed that Iran is stalling on fixing a date and location for a new round of talks on its nuclear program, the latest round of which was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19, 2012."
My goodness, who would ever imagine that Iran would want to stall talks with the EU's chief foreign policy nincompoop, Catherine Ashton? What reason could Tehran possibly have for the delay?
In fact, the answer is fairly simple. As reported today by The Jerusalem Post (http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=300983):
"If Iran makes a nuclear bomb 'it would definitely use it against Israel or against any other enemy state,' a former representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in an exclusive interview aired on Friday on Channel 2 television.
'The [Iranian] regime thinks that if it has several atom bombs, it will grant it an insurance policy,' Mohammed Razza Hidari said. 'They believe that if [they have a nuclear weapon], the world would treat them the way it treats North Korea.'
He also warned that if Iran is allowed to stall for more time, 'it will have the knowledge to make a nuclear bomb in less than a year.'"
And to scare Iran into halting its nuclear weapons program, Obama has nominated Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. In an opinion piece in today's Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/chuck-hagel-is-the-wrong-man-to-be-defense-secretary/2013/01/25/3cad74e8-671d-11e2-85f5-a8a9228e55e7_story.html?hpid=z2), Senator Jim Inhofe explains his opposition to Hagel's appointment:
"In 2001, [Hagel] was one of just two senators who voted against a bill extending harsh sanctions against Iran.
A year later, he urged the Bush administration to support Iran’s membership in the World Trade Organization. On multiple occasions, including in his 2008 book, he has advocated direct negotiations with Iran, a country using multiple means to foment regional instability and threaten the security of Israel."
By now it should be obvious why Ed Koch is now admitting that Obama is no friend of Israel (http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/01/07/ed-koch-on-chuck-hagel-nomination-obamas-reneging-on-his-conveyed-support-for-israel-has-come-earlier-than-i-thought/).
It's going to get ugly very soon.