P5+1 talks will show Iran's seriousness on nuclear issue: U.S.

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Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks with the media during a news conference in Tehran June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Fars News/Majid Hagdost

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani speaks with the media during a news conference in Tehran June 17, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Planned talks this week between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, will show how serious Tehran is about resolving issues around its nuclear program, a senior State Department official said on Monday.

"In all the meetings with the Europeans, there was a clear sense that this opportunity with the Iranian foreign minister will give our ministers a sense of their level of seriousness and whether they are coming with concrete new proposals and whether this charm offensive actually has substance (under it)," a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters.

The official was referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings with European counterparts, including British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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It will take history to be certain; but if Iran is yanking Obama’s chain, Israel will be going insane in the interim.

Iran has had enough time to “stage” a good show for any international inspectors – while hiding anything in the way of weaponized fuel – if they are even guilty of Israel’s accusations.

If Iran is actually thinking of attacking Israel, Iran’s challenge is a missile system capable of delivering an effective warhead on Israel – conventional or nuclear.

That would require seven capability objectives – range, accuracy, reliability quantity, mobility, protection and payload.

By implication, Iran also has to defeat the Israeli “Iron Dome” system. That could demand a ballistic capability (high apogee; with drop-straight-down capability) or a massive number of “ruse” missiles; to distract or expend the Israeli defense missile inventories.

In the broader picture, Iran’s best move would be to open its doors to international nuclear inspectors – demanding the relief of economic sanctions.

Naturally, nothing will ever satisfy Israel, but if Iran meets the “tests” of the UN; Israel will have to be satisfied to whine.

Israel will sooner or later devise a way to attack Iran’s new reactor – but at what cost?

Israel’s current major problem is in trying to convince the U.S. to attack Iran, as a proxy force for Israel. With Iran now “cooperating,” Israel is losing the requisite “perception” battle. As time passes, Israel is losing its “victim” image. The “holocaust” whine is becoming increasingly obsolete, as well.

If Iran continues on its present course, the effect will be a major political game-changer in Middle-East politics.

The rest of the Iranian political battles will be so much extended finger-pointing and bickering – to no end.

The current “Western” problem is global militant Islam; with a focus on al Qaeda – the terrorist group started by the CIA.

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