by Felix Quigley
July 17, 2008
Our readers will be very interested in this further confirmation of our claim that the US imperialists are in league with Iran in particular and with Islamofascism in general. This is contrary to the impression created by the Media. The following report appears on the very useful DEBKAfile
[begin report from DEBAfile here]
High US official to attend nuclear talks with Iran, capping secret US-Tehran diplomacy
July 16, 2008
The announcement that US Under Secretary of State William Burns will join the meeting the European Union’s Javier Solana holds with Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili in Geneva this week makes official the secret diplomatic track afoot between Washington and Tehran, which was first disclosed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on June 27.
Our US sources confirm that this step distances the Bush administration still further from Israel’s policy position, which calls for the curtailment of Iran’s drive for a nuclear bomb by all means, including military action. It leaves Jerusalem alone in the arena against Iran on the nuclear and other security issues, such as Hizballah, Syria and the radicalized Lebanese government.
The Washington announcement came a day after Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama reiterated he was willing to engage Iran’s leaders in direct talks.
In its June 27 issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 354 reported (Secret US-Iran Talks: Bush Pulls Iran Diplomacy Carpet from under Obama) that President George W. Bush had hijacked Obama’s opening to Iran to fashion a diplomatic legacy for his successor and help John McCain get elected.
This secret dialogue had yielded deals on pricing oil up to a $150 ceiling and a helping hand from Tehran in Iraq.
Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers serving under cover in Iraq were instructed to hold back radical Shiite militias from attacking US forces and to share intelligence with the American military.
This did not stop Hizballah cells in Iraq from going for American targets. One of their operatives, trained in Iran as an explosives expert was captured in Iraq, according to a disclosure on Tuesday, July 15.
The understandings US and Iranian diplomats achieved in their undisclosed talks over several weeks were far-ranging. Our Middle East sources reveal they included Lebanese political stability under a new national government in which Iran’s surrogate, Hizballah won veto power and Syria’s violent proxy a ministerial seat; and Syrian ruler Bashar Assad’s restoration to center position on the Middle East stage with honors heaped on him by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
This new White House orientation has thrust Israel to the outer edge of its Middle East policy in favor of placing its most extreme enemies at the center. Prime minister Olmert, foreign minister Tzipi Livni and defense minister Ehud Barak find their foreign policies bankrupted.
The indirect peace talks Olmert initiated with Syria through Turkey are now revealed as a smoke screen which he laid down unwittingly to cover Washington’s pursuit of a secret rapprochement with Tehran and Damascus.
A further sign that the secret US-Iran dialogue was about to surface came from a surprisingly mild statement by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Monday that his government is willing to hold direct contacts with US officials on the understanding that Iran retains the right to enrich uranium.
Last week, William Burns told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that he was optimistic about the prospects of nuclear negotiations with Iran. He played down the fact that Tehran had not given an inch on the enrichment issue or halted its advance towards nuclear weaponization.
The official US statement Wednesday said Burns “will be there [at the big power talks in Switzerland] to listen, not negotiate.”
DEBKAfile’s sources add: The real negotiations are still going forward in the realm of secret diplomacy.
[end DEBKAfile report here]