U.S. Opens Window for Iran Talks

Daily News Article - September 23, 2010


1. a) Who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
b) Why are U.S. and European officials skeptical of Ahmadinejad's announcement that Iran will resume negotiations on ending/limiting their nuclear program?

2. What do U.S. and European officials say might have caused Ahmadinejad's willingness to resume negotiations on Iran's nuclear program?

3. What message is the White House sending the international community by reaching out to Tehran to resume negotiations?

4. Why do critics of the White House oppose attempts to resume negotiations with Iran?

5. The world discovered Iran's secret nuclear program in 2002. Since that time, various negotiations and sanctions have been implemented by the U.S., and the U.N. in an attempt to persuade Iran to end its nuclear program. During that time, Iran continued working to develop nuclear weapons. It is believed that Iran will have nuclear weapons very soon and will possibly use them. Do you think resuming negotiations with Iran is the best strategy for the U.S. to take? Explain your answer.