An Iranian Conundrum
If countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, Barack Obama said this week on Arabic television, they will find an “extended hand” from America. You might expect Europe to react with a fresh outburst of Obamamania. After all, Europeans like to talk. The European Union, represented by its diplomatic big beasts—Britain, France and Germany—has spent years, together with Russia and China, talking to Iran, in a bid to curb its nuclear ambitions with a set of sticks and carrots.
Revealed: The Letter Obama Team Hope Will Heal Iran Rift
Robert Tait and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian
Officials of Barack Obama's administration have drafted a letter to Iran from the president aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks, the Guardian has learned.
Russian Report Says Moscow Will Halt Missile Deployment
Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times
A Russian news report on Wednesday that Russia is putting off its plan to deploy missiles near the Polish border raised speculation that the Kremlin is seeking ways to lower tensions with the United States now that a new administration has taken office.
Confusion Over Uranium Policy is Damaging Our Credibility
Daniel Flitton, The Age
Had Kevin Rudd planned a trip to China this week, it is a safe bet he would have gone. But India was the peripatetic PM's intended point of call, and after sober warnings on the outlook for Australia's economy, Rudd decided he could afford to drop the long-planned visit to Delhi.
Frequent Problems Cloud Nuclear Power Plan
Kim Hyun-cheol, The Korea Times
The government has decided to build more nuclear power plants in order to secure a greater percentage of the country's electricity needs from this energy source. But a recent series of "incidents" reported at current facilities has cast doubts on the industry's credibility, and the efficacy of the administration's energy plans.
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