Iran once again has refuted optimistic predictions that meaningful progress would be made on the core issues at stake in the on-again, off-again nuclear negotiations. In two days of talks in Baghdad, Tehran rejected the Western proposal for resolving the nuclear impasse and agreed only to continue the talks in Moscow on June 18–19.

After raising expectations earlier this week by reaching an “agreement in principle” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to increase cooperation with investigators monitoring Iran’s suspect nuclear activities, Iran once again executed its “slip and slide” strategy. An “agreement in principle” means little to a regime that has no principles except those that keep it firmly in power.

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