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Iran nuclear talks depend on the bite of sanctions

The Iran nuclear talks that start Monday in Geneva come after a long year of tougher sanctions and other setbacks for Iran. Obama needs to be cautious about Iranian delay tactics.

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A very long year has passed since Iran last sat down with the West to talk about its secretive nuclear program.

The Islamic Republic has since become more isolated over its violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. It has suffered tougher sanctions that now pinch the economy. It has experienced serious setbacks to its nuclear capability – such as bomb attacks on leading scientists and a computer virus that halted uranium enrichment.

All of this and a 2009 rigged election have widened a political rift within the dictatorial Islamic regime and weakened Iran’s ability to support terrorists in the Middle East.

Most of all, this reversal of fortune has brought the regime back to the negotiating table. On Monday, Iranian officials will sit down in Geneva with diplomats from six major powers (the US, Germany, Russia, France, Britain, and China).

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