Will US vindication of Iran promote softer diplomacy?

The US National Intelligence Directorate issued a report today stating that Iran has not pursued nuclear weapons development since 2003. This is in stark contrast to the US’s aggressive words in international circles and the snubbing of Iran’s President on a recent visit to the US. The IAEA continuing to analyse the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, has also given a passing grade.

While it is likely that the National Intelligence Directorate may be poo-pooed by some, it is a good opportunity for the American administration to show a more friendly face and even apologise. This would help lay the ground for a constructive peace effort in the middle east. At least we can hope that for the time being, the US will not invade Iran as part of its strategy to control oil resources.

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