Monday, March 26, 2012

New Round of Iran Nuclear Talks to Start April 13; Iran's Proliferation Partner N. Korea to Fire Missile April 12-16

Iran and six world powers--the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China--have agreed to meet on April 13, as reported here.

The talks could coincide with North Korea's launch of a long-range, three-stage missile between April 12 and 16 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung.

The launch, assuming it occurs, is likely to serve Iran's interests, diverting attention from its nuclear program and testing the West's/Washington's abilities to manage two proliferation-related crises--and two major armed conflicts, potentially--at the same time.