Yadlin: Don't rule out Iran negotiations

October 25, 2012 14:37

Israel should not to rule out one-on-one negotiations between the US and Iran over the latter's nuclear program, former head of Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin wrote in an op-ed on Thursday.

The article is a response to a 'New York Times' report that the United States agreed in principal to negotiate with Iran face-to-face.In his piece, published by the Institute for National Security Studies, which he directs, Yadlin argued that Iran's willingness to sit down with the US indicates that sanctions are working.

He adds that future negotiations could yield two positive and one problematic result. On the upside, an acceptable agreement reached by both sides would be better than the alternatives: bombing Iranian nuclear sites or allowing them to develop a bomb.

Second, if negotiations take place and fail, an attack would have greater international legitimacy.

The problematic result, however, would be if Iran drew out the negotiations to "buy time" and further develop its nuclear capabilities.

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