Is It Time for the US to Sit Down and Talk to Iran?

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Iran is defying the UN Security Council and insisting on its right to develop nuclear technology. The US and Europe are threatening to ask for "targeted sanctions." There's concern that if the impasse continues, the only choices will be to accept an Iranian nuclear weapon or stop it with military action. Former Secretary of State Madelyn Albright, Republican Senator Richard Lugar and Germany's foreign minister are among those urging the US to establish bi-lateral talks with Iran. Is there another choice? Is Iran sending signals that it wants bi-lateral talks. Should the Bush Administration agree? Could that be a way to avoid confrontation? We get answers from three Middle East experts. (An extended version of this discussion originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)
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Westly's gubernatorial campaign

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran nuclear safeguards

United Nations considers action on Iran's nuclear program



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