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Akbar Ganji Dismisses US Negotiations with Iran

In his latest opinion piece, Akbar Ganji, rejects the prospects of direct negotiations which he calls them 'secret deal' with the U.S. -- as if diplomatic negotiations in the 'beautiful and amazing' United States or elsewhere have ever been public.

We believe the government in Tehran is seeking a secret deal with the United States. It is willing to make any concession, provided that the United States promises to remain silent about the regime's repressive measures at home. We don't want war; nor do we favor such a deal. We hope that the regime will not be allowed to suppress its people, foment a crisis in the region or continue with its nuclear adventurism.

Interestingly enough, Reza Pahlavi, last week, suggested almost the same thing:

Clearly, war is an option rejected and which, as far as I am concerned, must be taken off the table; equally ineffective, is the process of endless diplomacy which has been fruitlessly pursued, now for several years -- with the full prestige, backing and weight of the European Union, Russia, the UN and the United States. The net result of this process has been that the militant clerical regime of Iran is today not only closer to reaching its enrichment objectives, but also recklessly emboldened by the lack of resolve it has seen amongst the practitioners of international diplomacy.

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