In the wake of the US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, the EU should continue with their diplomatic approach, despite US calls for more unilateral sanctions, says Volker Perthes of the SWP. Such an approach should be based on a broad international consensus, clearly communicating that the issue is proliferation and not the nature of the Iranian regime, and come with an earnest offer of dialogue and engagement.
Europe should make it clear that it is President Ahmadinejad's policies that are isolating Iran. It should also, in cooperation with the US, focus on domestic developments in Iran with the aim of including the more moderate pragmatic forces in the political dialogue. This is especially important, as parliamentary elections in Iran are due in March.
"(external)Project Syndicate, Jan. 2, 2008":http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/perthes4/English
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