As it's becoming clear that the zero-enrichment objective is more or less unachievable, and as Iran's nuclear program continues to progress faster than the West can muster pressure on Tehran, this will become the central question the US will face in regards to the Iranian nuclear stand-off.
And it is one of the question the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will address in its upcoming conference on Capitol Hill next week: Breaking the US-Iran Stalemate - reassessing the nuclear strategy in the wake of the Majles elections.
On April 8, NIAC will host foreign policy A-listers, Congressional members and staff, key academics and accredited media to discuss a multinational enrichment facility inside Iran, coupled with direct and comprehensive talks with Tehran.
In addition, speakers -- who will include former Under-Secretary of State Thomas Pickering, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hans Blix, and reporters Barbara Slavin (USA Today) and Scott Peterson (Christian Science Monitor) -- will explore how the new Majles, now overrun with conservatives, will affect the direction of Iran's foreign policy and nuclear goals.
Slavin and Peterson recently returned from Iran, where they covered Iran's March 14 parliamentary elections.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has been vocal about the need for a new U.S. foreign policy with Iran, will deliver the keynote address.
On February 6, Senator Feinstein wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that "The Bush administration should get serious and launch a major diplomatic effort with Iran. The stakes are simply too high."
The California Senator has also endorsed the idea of a multinational enrichment facility in Iran. Such a solution would enable the international community to prevent Iran from diverting its nuclear program towards a weapons option. Though not an entirely new idea, the proposal has recently gained momentum because of a March 20 article in The New York Review of Books, co-authored by William Luers, Jim Walsh and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who will speak at NIAC's April 8 conference.
Luers, Walsh and Ambassador Pickering argue that, "Turning Iran's sensitive nuclear activities into a multinational program will reduce the risk of proliferation and create the basis for a broader discussion not only of our disagreements but of our common interests as well."
On April 8, Pickering will go into greater detail on how this proposal just might break the U.S.-Iranian stalemate.
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