A group of former U.S. officials taking part in the”Iran Project” are calling on the Obama administration to focus on a more diplomatic approach to Iran.
Former Ambassador William Luers runs the Iran Project. He visited Capitol Hill on May 5 to push for “a friendlier approach to Tehran.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, while on Capitol Hill Luer told Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) that “we have [the Iranian regime] sort of where we want them.” He said “we have achieved a great deal with the sanctions…But we haven’t got a [nuclear] deal.”
The Iran Project says the U.S. “should now dedicate as much energy and creativity to negotiating directly with Iran as it has to assembling a broad international coalition to pressure and isolate Iran.”
Luers and his group have been reaching out to Iranian officials for talks since 2002, and these talks have included Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on at least one occasion. They hope to make even more progress working with whoever wins the upcoming Iranian presidential election.