Although it was just weeks ago that Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei rejected the notion of new bilateral talks between the U.S. and Iran, newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed direct negotiations again.
This gesture comes two days after “[w]orld powers and Iran ended two days of talks about the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program with a pledge to hold further discussions next month.”
Speaking from Paris, Kerry said these talks had been useful and told his European counterparts “the U.S. is ready to hold bilateral talks with Iran.”
In extending this offer, Kerry joins President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and now-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in seeking talks with Iran. There is a chance that Iran may be in the mood to make a deal, but that may be a deal with European nations; doing so would allow them to end some of the sanctions against their country without forcing them to shake hands with the U.S. to do it.