Khamenei Rejects Global Integration

Since 1992, when German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel launched the ‘critical dialogue’ initiative, Underlying the European approach to Iran has been the assumption that tying Iran into the international system was key to peace. Secretary of State John Kerry embraced the European belief with enthusiasm and set out to unravel almost every sanction in place against the Islamic Republic in substance if not in name. He traveled the Atlantic to act effectively as Iran’s business agent by trying to downplay banking concerns. Kerry, like Obama, views the chief motivator of international conflicts as grievances rather than ideology. This is a comforting notion for diplomats. It suggests that they key to peace is simply figuring the right formula of concession, compromise, and perhaps bribe.

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Khamenei Rejects Global Integration

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