"The U.N. atomic agency and Iran may hold a new round of nuclear talks in August, diplomats said on Monday, in what would be their first meeting since last month's election of a relative moderate as the Islamic state's president."
Hassan Rouhani is a "relative moderate" upon whom the West should pin its hope for a peaceful end to Iran's nuclear weapons development program? As noted by Haaretz (http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/rowhani-s-surprise-election-in-tehran-could-resuscitate-obama-s-speech-in-cairo-1.530198):
"In a 2004 speech, while serving as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Rowhani explained his modus operandi in the talks the then conducted with the EU-3, comprised of Britain, France and Germany. Swearing allegiance to Iran’s ultimate nuclear goals, Rowhani boasted 'While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the [nuclear conversion] facility in Isfahan. By creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work there.'"
Yup, this next round of talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency should surely prove productive . . . not.
The West's capacity for deluding itself never ceases to amaze me.