October 14th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

On eve of Iran talks, U.S. hopeful but 'clear-eyed'

By Elise Labott and Andrew Carey

Optimism is a term seldom used when describing the prospect of a nuclear deal with Iran.

Indeed nobody expects dramatic breakthroughs when Iran sits down on Tuesday in Geneva with six world powers for talks aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions.

But a new feel-good tone from Tehran toward the United States and its western allies since the election of President Hassan Rouhani has diplomats hoping that an agreement might be possible after a decade-long standoff.

"The stakes are higher because the expectations are so much higher," one senior U.S. official said. "We aren't naive about the challenges but there is a new openness that is encouraging."

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  27. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
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  29. Skorpio

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    October 16, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • John McKane

      Gee Skorpio, what do you want these people to do, become Atheists and self centered? You need to learn more about Islam instead of condemning it out of hand. Iran needs to make a deal with the UN similar to the one South Africa did some years ago, that is to have nuclear energy but no nuclear weapons.

      October 16, 2013 at 11:31 am | Reply
  30. George patton

    Let's all hope that these talks with the Iranians get underway and get Iran to make the same deal with the UN as the South Africans did a few years ago! Unfortunately, their are hardliners in both the U.S. and Iran who don't want this to happen! These people need a deaf ear turned to them and simply be ignored as they had their way for far too long!!!

    October 15, 2013 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • dh

      Fortunately for the US your namesake was not as ignorant and cowardly as you, or we would have been speaking German and answering to the our fuehrer.

      October 15, 2013 at 10:55 am | Reply
  31. Towel Heads

    You can talk all day to a Towel Head and accomplish nothing. These "talks" will be no different.

    October 15, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  32. Kjgdgd Fhjkl

    Ofcourse there is nothing too talk about because Iranians have boxed themselfs in.

    October 15, 2013 at 9:50 am | Reply
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  34. Raymond Murdock

    Before that the weapons (that usually give it to another who take them and he takes on a battlefield with all the risks that that means) is preferable to the dialogue as people with sufficient capacity suitable to restore peace as a valid and unique conditioning to resolve disputes of any nature or tenor.

    October 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Reply

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