Le choix de Nixon pour l'Iran ?

WASHINGTON, DC - Remettre en ordre les chaises longues sur le pont n'aurait pas suffi à sauver le Titanic. Les discussions à n'en plus finir pendant les négociations au Vietnam n’ont pas aidé davantage dans l'effort visant à mettre un terme à ce conflit diabolique. Néanmoins de nombreux présidents américains ont relancé avec succès les pourparlers avec leurs adversaires, vers de nouvelles manières audacieuses de renforcer la sécurité nationale sans guerre. Une telle hardiesse est maintenant nécessaire dans les négociations du programme nucléaire de l'Iran.

En 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt était en pourparlers personnels avec le ministre soviétique des Affaires étrangères Maxim Litvinov sur l'ouverture des relations diplomatiques entre les deux pays. Dwight D. Eisenhower a invité Nikita Khrouchtchev aux États-Unis en 1959 pour ouvrir les yeux du premier dirigeant soviétique en visite aux États-Unis. Les entretiens bilatéraux entre les États-Unis et la Chine à Varsovie dans les années 1960 étaient stériles jusqu'à ce que Richard Nixon et le conseiller à la sécurité nationale Henry Kissinger ouvrent un débat sous les auspices du Pakistan.  

Les négociations internationales avec l'Iran sur son programme nucléaire nécessitent également un nouveau concept et un ordre du jour plus large. Le sommet d'Istanbul le mois dernier s'est conclu sur une note positive. Les deux partis ont décidé de trouver une manière d'éviter le modèle de la récrimination mutuelle et des échanges stériles. La voie est maintenant ouverte vers un premier accord sur des objectifs modestes.

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