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Tough cookies as diplomatic bargaining chips

I have been a bit curious about US's renewed drive at Iran under the new US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Why this renewed vigour? Especially seen in the light of the very limited Iranian meddeling in the Iraqi situation?

I got a bit wiser however while reading Rice's 2000 article in Foreign Affairs 'Promoting the National Interest'. Here she might give an important clue to her negotiation stance:

"Sometimes tough, competent diplomacy in the beginning can prevent the need for military force later." (54)

Let's hope that is the case for Iran as well.

BBC NEWS | Europe | Rice urges 'united front' on Iran


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