Iran has offered to begin talks with the United States aimed at stabilizing Iraq, even as Washington maneuvers to confront Iran’s nuclear ambitions in the powerful U.N. Security Council.

On Thursday, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator and secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council, said Tehran was ready to open direct talks with the United States over Iraq, marking a major shift in Iranian foreign policy.

Isn’t it queer that the day after President Bush reaffirmed his doctrine of preemptive action and a couple of days after the lauching of a new offensive in Iraq, Iran has decided that they might like to discuss their nuclear ambitions with the United States?

Secretary Rice’s comment…

“This isn’t a negotiation of some kind,” Rice said following a meeting in Sydney with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. “If we found it useful to exchange information we’ll talk, and if we do it will be about Iraq.”

Gotta love it! Rice in 2008!


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